LaCHIP is a health insurance program designed to bring quality health care to currently uninsured children and youth up to the age of 19 in Louisiana. Children can qualify for coverage under LaCHIP using higher income standards than traditional Medicaid.
LaCHIP provides Medicaid coverage for doctor visits for primary care as well as preventive and emergency care, immunizations, prescription medications, hospitalization, home health care and many other health services. For a more detailed listing of covered services, click here.
To get a list of doctors, dentists or other medical service providers in your area who take Medicaid/LaCHIP, please visit our provider locator. Here, you will find access to a provider map that will let you search for Medicaid services in your parish. If there is no doctor listed in your parish, try searching for doctors in your region or in the parishes around yours.
No. However, the General Medicaid program is available to insured children in families whose monthly income falls within certain guidelines. The only way to know for certain if your child can qualify is to apply.
LaCHIP applications can be obtained by calling the LaCHIP Hotline at 1-877-2LaCHIP (252-2447) or at any of the more than 400 Medicaid application centers throughout the state. Applications are also available at WIC offices, school-based health clinics, community health centers, community action agencies and other locations throughout the state. You can also download and print a copy by clicking here.
In most cases, you will have a decision within two weeks of your application. However, some applications require additional verification be provided and may take up to 45 days to process. You will get a letter in the mail once we reach a decision, but feel free to call our hotline at 1-877-2LaCHIP to check your status.
Yes. Simply call 1-877-2LaCHIP (252-2447) any time day or night. You can leave your name and mailing address on the voice response system and an application will be mailed to you the next business day. Staff can assist you with the application 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Children enrolled in LaCHIP will maintain their eligibility for 12 continuous months no matter how much their family's income increases during this period. This is being done to ensure children receive initial and follow-up care. A renewal of coverage is done after each 12-month period.
You may call the LaCHIP hotline at 1-877-252-2447 and choose the "Replace Medicaid Card" option and provide the information required to obtain a replacement Medicaid card through the automated system. You may also submit your request online at the Louisiana Mediciaid Online Application page.
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