How to Keep Your Coverage

Keep the state informed

The state of Rhode Island knows that life circumstances change. That’s why they make sure Medicaid benefits keep going to people who qualify. We’ll look at keeping your info up-to-date and keeping the state in the know about you and your eligibility.

Get in touch

If you only learn one thing here, it should be this: Make sure you have a current mailing address on file with the Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS may try to get in touch. If you’ve moved since you enrolled, it’s time to call DHS and ensure they can reach you.  

There are many kinds of life changes that you should share with DHS. We’ve listed them below. If any of these apply to you, reach out to DHS right away:

  • Your name changes
  • You move
  • You get pregnant, adopt a child or the size of your household changes
  • Your income changes
  • You get other health insurance
  • Your employment changes

Learn more about life changes and health insurance at HealthSource RI.

Renewing your coverage

Once a year, the state of Rhode Island will contact you to make sure you are still eligible for Medicaid. Be on the lookout! And expect to get a notice in the mail from DHS. Be sure to read the notice carefully and respond promptly. If you have any questions about your notice, please contact HealthSource RI or DHS.

Can I change my health plan?

At least once a year, Rhode Island will have an open enrollment period for existing Medicaid members. This is a time when you can change from your current health insurance plan to a new one.

However, if you are a newly eligible member, you can enroll at any time. Once you select a plan or the state assigns you to a plan, you have up to 90 days to choose a new health plan.

HealthSource RI holds special enrollment events year-round all over Rhode Island. You can get help signing up for coverage in person. Visit HealthSource RI online to learn more about these events.