Children in Texas without health insurance may be able to get low cost or free health coverage from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children’s Medicaid. Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is in charge of CHIP/Medicaid. Both programs cover office visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses and more. Medicaid covers families of children who have a disability or chronic health condition. See what’s covered or apply for coverage online. (See below for help with the application.)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program SNAP (which used to be called Food Stamps) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) can help pay for food and living expenses. SNAP helps people with low income buy food. The TANF program makes monthly cash payments to help with food, clothing, housing, utilities and other basic needs. The amount of the TANF payment depends on family size and income. Apply for SNAP and TANF online. (Read on for help with the application.)
If you have never applied for these benefits, Your Texas Benefits instructs you to fill out a Should I Apply? form. This short form takes about 20 minutes to complete and tells you if you should fill out the longer benefits application. You can also call 2-1-1 to ask for help with the application. Or contact agencies in your community to help you complete the application. If you have already received some benefits from HHSC, log in to Your Texas Benefits to apply for additional services.
Texas Children’s Health Plan provides tips for applying, such as what information you will need, and how long the application will take. This video gives you an outline of the process.