Why become a CHAP member?
CHAP’s Access Plan is designed to help uninsured adults obtain a primary care provider or medical home and refer them to a specialty care provider without completing additional paperwork at each provider. As a CHAP member, you can count on:
(1) Less paperwork – Members complete one eligibility interview every 3-6 months to remain eligible for free or discounted care with any of our partners. A doctor can refer CHAP members to any CHAP partner for care without more paper work. A CHAP ID number shows you are eligible for free or discounted care. Income forms at the member’s primary care organization may still be required from time to time.
(2) Convenience – Apply to become a CHAP member where you receive primary care
(3) Peace of mind – Members have access to health care services in Cuyahoga County. If specialty services are needed, a doctor can refer patients to a specialist who participates in CHAP.
How do I know if I qualify?
Potential CHAP members are 19-64 year old residents of Cuyahoga County who do not qualify for government-sponsored insurance and do not have insurance through their employer. CHAP members must be at or below 200% of Federal Poverty Level.
How much does it cost to become a CHAP member?
There is no cost to be a CHAP member. The medical care you receive may be free or may be discounted. When you see a CHAP provider, you will be told ahead of time what you will have to pay.
How do I apply?
Step 1: Choose where you would like to receive your primary care. If you would like assistance in selecting a primary care location or determining your eligibility, contact CHAP at 216.231.5350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you qualify, the enrollment process can be started over the telephone to save time when you visit your primary care location.
Step 2: Schedule an eligibility/financial counseling appointment at your preferred primary care location. If you are already a patient at a participating organization, let them know you want to become a CHAP member. Trained staff at that site will help you schedule an appointment to come in, meet with enrollment staff, and apply to become a member.
Step 3: You will be asked to bring the following to your appointment at your primary care site:
Applicants will not be turned down based on immigration status.
How can I access specialty care?
If your primary care doctor determines that you need to see a specialist, the enrollment staff can help coordinate specialty provider at a provider of your choice in the CHAP network.