CHIP – Children’s Medicaid in Texas


Children in the state of Texas with no health insurance – may be able to get low or at no cost health coverage from the Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) often called Children’s Medicaid. The programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and much more.

CHIP - Children’s Medicaid in Texas

Families with children benefitting from Children’s Medicaid pay 0 dollars, and children with CHIP pay no more than $50 per year for health care coverage. Sometimes, families with CHIP may also need to pay co-pays for some services.

Coverage of Texas’ CHIP program:

  • Dentist visits – cleanings – fillings
  • Eye exams – glasses
  • Choice of doctors – regular checkups – and office visits
  • Prescription drugs – vaccines
  • Access to medical specialists – mental health care
  • Hospital care
  • Medical supplies, X-rays, and lab tests
  • Treatment of special health needs
  • Treatment of pre-existing conditions

Do you qualify for CHIP or Children’s Medicaid in Texas?

A child must be:

  • Age 18 or less – children up to 20 years old can qualify for Children’s Medicaid in some cases
  • A state of Texas resident
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident (Greencard)

What if the parents are not US citizens or permanent residents?

The CHIP officers do not ask about the citizenship/immigration status of the parent. Only the child applying must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident in Texas to be considered for CHIP/Children’s Medicaid coverage.

Who can apply?

  • Any adult who lives more than half the time with an uninsured child may apply. This includes parents, stepparents, grandparents, other relatives, legal guardians, or adult brothers or sisters.
  • Anyone age 19 or younger who lives on their own can apply.
  • A pregnant person of any age can apply for CHIP perinatal services for her unborn child or apply for Medicaid.

is the official website for this program.

TEXAS MEDICAID DECODED | The Health and Human Services Commission of Texas (HHSC)