When can I request a State Fair Hearing?
You can request a State Fair Hearing anytime during or after Community Health Choice’s appeals process. You do not have to follow the internal complaint and appeal’s process before requesting a Fair Hearing.
Can I ask for a State Fair Hearing?
If you, as a Member of the health plan, disagree with the health plan’s decision, you have the right to ask for a fair hearing. You may name someone to represent you by writing a letter to the health plan telling them the name of the person you want to represent you. A doctor or other medical Provider may be your representative. If you want to challenge a decision made by your health plan, you or your representative must ask for the fair hearing within 120 days of the date on the health plan’s letter with the decision. If you do not ask for the fair hearing within 120 days, you may lose your right to a fair hearing. To ask for a fair hearing, either you or your representative should send a letter to the health plan at:
Community Health Choice, Inc.
Member Appeals Coordinator
2636 South Loop West, Suite 125
Houston, TX 77054
Or call toll-free at 1.888.760.2600.
You have the right to keep getting any service the health plan denied or reduced, at least until the final hearing decision is made, if you ask for a fair hearing by the later of (1) 10 business days following the MCO’s mailing of the notice of the Action, or (2) the day the health plan’s letter says your service will be reduced or end. If you do not request a fair hearing by this date, the service the health plan denied will be stopped.
If you ask for a fair hearing, you will get a packet of information letting you know the date, time, and location of the hearing. Most fair hearings are held by telephone. At that time, you or your representative can tell why you need the service the health plan denied. HHSC will give you a final decision within 120 days from the date you asked for the hearing.