Get Marketplace coverage if you lose or are denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage

You may be able to get health coverage through the Marketplace with savings if you or others in your household:

  • Had Medicaid or CHIP coverage, but recently lost your coverage.
  • Currently have Medicaid or CHIP coverage, but will lose your coverage soon.
  • Applied for Medicaid or CHIP coverage through your state agency and the state denied your application.
  • Applied for coverage with the Marketplace and were found potentially eligible for Medicaid or CHIP coverage. Your state checked if you could get Medicaid or CHIP, but said you (or your household member(s)) don’t qualify.

Submitting a Marketplace application

Update your existing Marketplace application or create a new application right away to see if you (or other members of your household) are eligible to buy a Marketplace plan and get help with costs.

  1. Log into your Marketplace account. If you don’t already have a Marketplace account, you can create one.

  2. Start a new application, or update your existing one.

    • To start a new application, choose your state and then select “Start my application.”
    • If you have an existing application, select “Go to my applications & coverage,” and choose the one you want to update under “Your existing applications.”
  3. Be sure your application includes:

    • Your state’s recent decision about Medicaid and CHIP coverage.
    • Information like your current income.
  4. Answer the Medicaid/CHIP and household questions based on your situation. (Get tips to help you answer the Medicaid and CHIP application questions under Answering application questions.

  5. Submit your completed application. You’ll get your eligibility results right away.

  6. Enroll in a Marketplace plan, if eligible. Once you enroll, you’ll need to pay your plan’s premium to start your coverage.

Getting your application results

You'll get results right away telling you if you or others in your household qualify for health coverage through the Marketplace. Based on how you answer your application questions, we may also check to see if you could still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP coverage. Review your results – they include:

  • Information about savings on your Marketplace plan
  • Other actions you may need to take to confirm your information
  • Enrollment deadlines

Your eligibility results will also tell you if you or anyone in your household qualifies for a Special Enrollment Period, to enroll outside the Open Enrollment Period, or get an earlier coverage start date. If someone in your household recently lost, will soon lose, or were denied Medicaid or CHIP coverage, they may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Learn more about Special Enrollment Periods.

Have questions?

Contact us or find help in your area.

Answering application questions

Here’s how to answer questions about Medicaid and CHIP on your Marketplace application:

Someone in my household recently lost (or will soon lose) Medicaid or CHIP.

If you or someone in your household recently lost (or will soon lose) Medicaid or CHIP coverage:

  • Answer “yes” to the question that asks if the person’s Medicaid or CHIP coverage has ended or will end soon. You should answer “yes” for any household member who:

    • Lost Medicaid or CHIP in the past 90 days
    • Will soon lose their current Medicaid or CHIP coverage
    • Lost Medicaid or CHIP in the past 90 days or will lose Medicaid or CHIP in the next 90 days because their income went up
    • Lost Medicaid or CHIP coverage because they didn’t submit all the required paperwork for renewal
  • Answer “no” to the question if the household member never had Medicaid or CHIP coverage.
  • Enter the last day of the person’s Medicaid or CHIP coverage. If you don’t know the exact date, enter your best guess.
  • Answer the question that asks if your household income or size recently changed.
    • Answer "yes" if you’ve had a change in household income or size since your state told the person that they lost or will soon lose Medicaid or CHIP coverage. We’ll check again to find out if that person may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.
    • Answer "no" if nothing has changed.
Someone in my household recently applied for Medicaid or CHIP and the state denied their application.

If you or others in your household recently applied for Medicaid or CHIP and were denied (Note: this means the household member(s) didn’t already have Medicaid or CHIP coverage when they applied):

  • For each person in your household, answer the question that asks if the state found the person ineligible for Medicaid or CHIP in the past 90 days.
  • Answer “yes” if both of the following conditions apply:
    • Your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application in the past 90 days for any reason and;
    • There haven’t been changes to your household income or size, or to the person’s citizenship or immigration status since your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application.

Then enter the date of the person’s Medicaid or CHIP denial letter. If you don’t know the exact date, enter your best guess.

  • Answer “no” if any of the following conditions apply:
    • Your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application more than 90 days ago.
    • Your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application within the past 90 days, but there have been changes in your household income or size, or to the person’s citizenship or immigration status since the denial.
    • The person applied for Medicaid or CHIP, but your state hasn’t responded yet.
    • Your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application because of a disability determination, or because the person had too many assets.
    • Your state denied the person’s Medicaid or CHIP application because the person didn’t submit all the required paperwork.

If you answer “no,” we’ll check again to find out if that person may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

Someone in my household applied for state or Marketplace coverage during a certain period of time.

Select “yes” for any household member who applied for health coverage through their state or the Marketplace during the dates listed or if they applied with the Marketplace after a qualifying life event, like a birth, marriage or adoption.

Someone in my household has special health care needs (like a disability or a condition that requires help with daily living activities).

If you already submitted a Marketplace application and told us someone in your household has special health care needs, it’s possible that your state may still be checking to see if that person qualifies for more health care services. When you review your Marketplace application, don't change your earlier answers, unless something changed since you last applied.

If you’re creating an application for the first time, be sure to tell us that someone in your household has special health care needs.