Keeping Kids Healthy


Information for families about automatic Medicaid enrollment for children


Q: I received a letter that said my child is now enrolled in Medicaid, but I did not apply. Why did I get this?

A:The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) identified families who receive benefits from the Department of Social Services’ Food Stamps (SNAP) and/or TANF (FI or Financial Assistance) support but did not have their children enrolled in Medicaid. Because you receive SNAP and/or TANF and the eligibility rules for those programs are very similar, your children been automatically enrolled in Medicaid.

If you do not want your child to receive Medicaid you may call 1-888-549-0820 to cancel this service.

Q:What benefits does Medicaid offer my child?

A:Children enrolled in Medicaid receive comprehensive health coverage for a range of services, including:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital care
  • Vaccinations
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Emergency care
  • Prescription medicine

Enrollees also become part of a Medicaid health plan through SCDHHS’ Healthy Connections Choices program. Healthy Connections Choices Healthy Connections Choices (1-877-552-4642; helps toensure that children have a primary care doctor and receive the care they need. Regularly scheduled doctor visits are an important part of keeping children healthy.  


Q:I received a letter. Do I need to do anything?

A: If you want your child to have Medicaid, you will need to choose a Medicaid health plan. A health plan is a group of doctors and other health care providers that work together to deliver well coordinated care to your child. You can choose a plan today by calling Healthy Connections Choices at 1-877-552-4642 or visiting





Q: How will I know what plan to choose?

A:You can make a plan selection as soon as you receive a letter.  The best way to choose a health plan is to call Healthy Connections Choices at 1-877-552-4642 or visit If your child has a regular doctor, ask them what Medicaid plans they belong to.


Q:When can I take my child to the doctor?

A:If you received a letter, you can schedule an appointment with a doctor today. When you call for an appointment be sure to ask if your doctor accepts Medicaid patients.


Q:Will it cost me money to have my child in Medicaid?

A:Children are not charged a fee or co-pays to get Medicaid. The program is paid for by taxpayers and the goal is to keep South Carolina’s children as healthy as possible.


Q:My child already has insurance. Do I need Medicaid?

A:You can keep both.  Medicaid may help pay for additional services your current insurance does not cover. Please call 1-888-549-0820 and let us know about your other insurance.


Q:Could having Medicaid reduce my other benefits, like Food Stamps?

A:No. Enrollment in Medicaid will not affect any other assistance your family may receive.


Q:What if I do not want my child to receive Medicaid?

A:You can call 1-888-549-0820 to cancel Medicaid.


Q:I do not receive TANF or SNAP so I think this is an error.  What should I do?

A:Please call us 1-888-549-0820 so we can help resolve the error.

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