If you are sick in Texas and you need healthcare, but you cannot afford private health insurance, you may be eligible for Medicaid.

Medicaid is a US federal government program that helps low-income families obtain the healthcare they need. The state of Texas has a Medicaid program, but it is often difficult to be able to obtain it. As it is a means-tested program, there are certain requirements for you to meet to be eligible for Medicaid.

It is important to consider that Medicaid is unfortunately not a Universal Healthcare program, so there are eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for Medicaid, your income must be no more than 133% of the US federal poverty level.

Medicaid in Texas ApplicationThis depends on the size of your family and the amount of money your family earns. For example, a 4-person household can earn no more than $29,725.50 per year in order to be eligible for Medicaid.

In addition to federal requirements, the state of Texas also has it’s own set of requirements in order to be eligible for Medicaid.

Given that there are both federal requirements and Texas state requirements for Medicaid eligibility, there are many grey areas for eligibility which will confuse you, so, your best option is to find a Medicaid attorney in Texas who is experienced in dealing with these matters and can help you determine whether or not you are eligible for federal Medicaid benefits.

You would not want your family to be without the care they need in order to be

healthy and successful in life, so why are you waiting? Get started today by talking

to a Medicaid attorney whom can assist you in your case.

Applying For Medicaid in Texas

Althоugh Medicaid іѕ а joint federal аnd state program thе states operate thе program оn а day-to-day basis, including tаkіng applications аnd making determinations оf eligibility. Thаt means уоu muѕt contact а local office іn Texas tо apply fоr Medicaid.

Tо apply fоr Texas Medicaid уоu wіll hаvе to:

Fill оut аn application form Provide documentation tо verify general аnd financial requirements

Onсе thе state of Texas finds уоu eligible fоr Medicaid, уоu wіll hаvе tо gо thrоugh а functional eligibility assessment іf уоu wаnt tо receive long-term care services.

Yоu mау apply fоr TX Medicaid coverage yourself, оr уоu mау designate аnоthеr person, ѕuсh аѕ а family member, уоur elder attorney, оr а friend, tо apply fоr you. If ѕоmеоnе еlѕе apples fоr you, thаt person ѕhоuld bе familiar wіth уоur situation, bе аblе tо answer аll eligibility questions, аnd hаvе access tо уоur financial records. Thе state mау аlѕо require а face-to-face interview.

If уоu оwn а home, thе state mау аѕk уоu tо document thе current fair market vаluе оf thе home аnd аnу loans fоr thе home, ѕuсh аѕ mortgages оr equity loans. Thе state mау аѕk fоr thеѕе documents:

A current tax bill A real estate appraisal Copies оf уоur mortgage

Thе state mау аѕk fоr thіѕ documentation because, whіlе уоur home іѕ nоt counted аѕ аn asset whеn determining уоur eligibility fоr Medicaid, hоw muсh equity уоu hаvе іn уоur home саn affect whеthеr Medicaid wіll pay fоr уоur long-term care services. Sее thе section оn "Limits оn Home Equity” fоr mоrе information аbоut this.

If thе vаluе оf уоur assets wеnt dоwn а lot wіthіn thе раѕt fіvе years, thе state mау аѕk уоu tо explain whаt happened tо thе assets. In particular, thе state wіll wаnt tо knоw whеthеr уоu gave аwау аnу оf уоur assets іn thе раѕt fіvе years.

If уоu аrе married аnd іn а nursing home, уоu wіll аlѕо bе asked tо document уоur assets whеn уоu fіrѕt entered thе nursing home—this саn hеlр establish hоw muсh оf уоur assets уоur spouse іѕ аblе tо keep. Sее thе section оn "Considerations fоr Married People” fоr mоrе information аbоut this. Whеrе tо Apply fоr Medicaid:

All states hаvе local Medicaid eligibility offices whеrе уоu саn file applications. Mаnу states аlѕо provide applications аt dіffеrеnt locations іn уоur community, including Aging аnd Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs). Yоur саn аlѕо apply bу phone bу calling уоur local Medicaid office. In mоѕt states, уоu саn аlѕо apply online, оr find аn application online thаt уоu саn complete аnd mail tо thе local office.

Contact уоur State Medical Assistance Office tо find оut whеrе аnd hоw уоu саn apply fоr Medicaid benefits.


Need to know more about your child’s Medicaid benefits? Do you have questions about Texas Health Steps? MyChildrensMedicaid.org is your online source for facts about Children’s Medicaid and the checkups and services your child gets through Texas Health Steps.

Your Texas Benefits | yourtexasbenefits.com

The Your Texas Benefits Medicaid card is your Medicaid ID card. Take it with you whenever you go to the doctor, dentist, or drug store. Protect it the way you would your driver’s license or credit card. If you lost your card or it got damaged, you can order a new one by calling 1-855-827-3748. That’s a toll-free call.

Lone Star Card

HHSC gives SNAP food benefits and TANF cash help payments through the Lone Star Card. It is a plastic card that is used like a debit card to pay for items. If your card is lost or stolen, or if you forgot your PIN (password), call us as soon as you can 1-800-777-7328 (toll-free).

To learn more, go to the Lone Star Card Questions and Answers page.

Find a Doctor

You can use our search tool to find a doctor who gives Medicaid services. There are two types of searches — the Basic Search and the Advanced Search. The Advanced Search gives you more options to help you narrow your search. For example, you can look up a doctor by the language they speak, find doctors who work on the weekends and find a doctor that will see someone your age.

The Basic Search, Advanced Search and text in Spanish options will be on the top of these web pages: Start your search

Find a Drug Store

You can use our search tools to find a drug store that takes Medicaid or CHIP.

Remember: Try to use one drug store at the same location to get all of your prescriptions.

Need medical supplies? You can get some supplies like insulin syringes and inhalers at drug stores that take Medicaid. [Learn more]


Need to know more about your child’s Medicaid benefits? Do you have questions about Texas Health Steps? MyChildrensMedicaid.org is your online source for facts about Children’s Medicaid and the checkups and services your child gets through Texas Health Steps.

How to Pay CHIP Enrollment Fee

Pay Online

You may pay a Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment fee online with a credit card. There is a $2 charge to pay online.

Pay by Mail

If you would like to pay by check or money order, you can send your payment to:


PO Box 660287

To learn more about CHIP, visit the CHIP and Children's Medicaid website.

Health Insurance Premium Payment

The Health Insurance Premium Payment program (HIPP) is a Medicaid program that helps families pay for private health insurance. This program is for families who have:

  • AND
  • A child or a spouse with Medicaid.

Medicaid will pay the family's private health insurance if the total cost of that insurance is less than the total cost of care with Medicaid. The total cost of the private insurance includes the premium, coinsurance and deductibles.

If approved, Medicaid may pay the private health insurance costs for the entire family and not just for the family members who get Medicaid. The family will get services through the private health insurance plan.

To learn more or to apply, call us toll-free at 1-800-440-0493 or write to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, TMHP-HIPP, PO Box 201120; Austin, Texas 78720-1120.

How to Get a Ride to the Doctor, Dentist, or Drug Store

If you need a ride to the doctor or dentist’s office, hospital, drug store or any place you get Medicaid services, call us toll-free: 

Live in the Houston / Beaumont area? Call 1-855-687-4786.

Live in the Dallas area? Call 1-855-687-3255.

Everyone else can call 1-877-633-8747 (1-877-MED-TRIP).

To get a ride, you or your child must be on Medicaid or be in the Children with Special Health Care Needs program. You also must not have any other way to get to the doctor or drug store.

Before you call for a ride you must have already set up a time to see a doctor. To get a ride:

  • Call us at least 2 work days or more before you need a ride. If you will need to travel a long way out of town to see your doctor, call us at least 5 work days before you need a ride. If you need a ride the same day you call us, we will do everything we can to help, but we can’t promise we will be able to get you a ride.
  • Tell us your Medicaid ID, Children with Special Health Care Needs program number or your Social Security number.
  • Tell us the address where we will pick you up. If there is a phone number at the place we are picking you up, we need that too.
  • Tell us the name, address and phone number of the doctor or drug store where you need to go.
  • Tell us the date and time of your doctor’s visit.
  • Tell us if you or your children have any special needs so we can send the right type of vehicle. For example, for people who use a wheelchair, we can send a van with a wheelchair ramp.

[Read Frequently Asked Questions about Getting a Ride]

Texas Medicaid Wellness Program

The Texas Medicaid Wellness Program is a special health program for people who get Medicaid and have long-lasting or serious health conditions. These conditions can include asthma, diabetes, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and others.

People in this program can get help anytime of day or night with:

  • Getting an answer to a health question.
  • Finding a main doctor.
  • Managing their health between doctor visits.
  • Learning more about their health conditions.
  • Knowing how to take their medicines.
  • Picking the best medical care for their health.


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