Renewing Children’s Medicaid
Families must renew Children’s Medicaid coverage every six months. Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will mail you a renewal packet two months before your coverage ends.
Children’s Medicaid is for six months, the renewal packet will arrive in the 4th month of coverage. If you have a newborn, your coverage might be for one year. Parents of newborns can expect the renewal packet to arrive in the 10th month.
How to renew
Fill out the Children’s Medicaid Renewal form, sign, and date. Carefully follow the instructions on the letter and form. The barcode on your renewal form is scanned to help your caseworker find you in their computer. This makes things easier and faster to renew your coverage. Your help is also needed to keep the process quick and easy. Write your social security number (SSN) or case number on the top of copies of pay stubs, award letters, bills, and statements. This will help the caseworker when working your renewal.
Do not wait.
Mail the renewal within 7 days of your renewal notice from HHSC.
Your child could lose FirstCare Medicaid benefits if your renewal is not turned in on time or if information is missing.
Before you send back the renewal, check to be sure you have everything:
Renewal form (completed, signed, and dated)
Proof of income
Proof for dependent expenses
Cash for Families and Renewing TANF
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) helps families with children age 18 and younger pay for food, clothing, and housing. Families must renew TANF coverage every six months.
FirstCare is here to help. If you have questions or need help, give us a call or come by and see us. Our office is located at 1901 W. Loop 289, Suite 9 Lubbock, Texas 79407.
If your question has not been answered, please call us at 1-800-431-7798.
What happens if my renewal is turned in late?
When you turn in your renewal, keep in mind your case worker will need six weeks to work to decide your eligibility. If your renewal is turned in late, then time is lost and there is a possibility that you might lose your FirstCare Medicaid coverage.
It is best to turn in your renewal six weeks before your coverage ends. That means that HHSC must have your renewal in their office six weeks (45 days) before your coverage ends.
What if I did not get a renewal form?
If you did not receive your renewal packet and you need the renewal form, you can get the form here. Click on 'get a paper form' at the bottom of the page.
If you use this form, it is best to write your social security number or case number on the bottom of each page. Or you can have a personalized renewal form sent to you, just call 2-1-1.