CHIP clients who live in a county the federal government has declared a disaster area, will have their co-payments and enrollment fees waived for services they get from Aug. 25 to Nov. 30.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid approved the Texas Health and Human Services request to waive the co-pays as a response to Hurricane Harvey.

“We want to make sure no one was being denied medical care,” said Jami Snyder, HHS’s associate commissioner for Medicaid. “We know people might have lost debit cards or cash when they evacuated.”

If you are a CHIP client who evacuated, don’t change your address on your account. If you change it to a non-disaster county, you won’t be eligible for storm-related benefits, such as the co-pay waiver.