How to Apply for Medicaid in Texas

By Fawn Farley , last updated December 22, 2011

There are several options when applying for Medicaid health benefits in Texas, whether by mail, the Internet, or in person. For those without Internet services, call 211 to get information regarding Medicaid benefits in Texas. Online screening forms are available to help determine if you are eligible for health benefits via Texas Medicaid. Applying for CHIP benefits, the Texas Medicaid program for children, can also be done via the Internet or locally and in person.

Screening for Benefits

You may wish to learn if you qualify before applying for benefits. There is a short form on Yourtexasbenefits.com that will ask you questions regarding you and your family, the money you have and receive, and the bills you must pay. This screening will take about 20 minutes and will tell you what benefits you are likely to qualify for. If you qualify, you will need to fill out an application to receive benefits, as well as provide proof of income and financial obligations.

Where to Find the Application

There are several options for acquiring the application, which is by no means a short one! You can print the application found on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission website at www.hhsc.state.tx.us, or you can request a paper copy be mailed to you. At Yourtexasbenefits.com, you can apply for benefits by first signing up for an account. Here, you can also print a blank copy of the application or request to have one mailed to you. Call 211 to request an application or to receive answers to any questions you may have along the way.

Filling Out the Application

The application form for Texas benefits is for several different health and human service programs, not just Medicaid. This includes SNAP, TANF, CHIP, and Medicaid for Pregnant Women. The form will have you note which you are applying for, and some sections will not be applicable to you, if you are applying for only Medicaid. Read the notes in the left hand margin for help filling in the form.

You will need to provide information for all members of your family, be it your spouse, child, or other adult defined as part of your household. This information includes name, social security number, birth date, and citizenship. When applying for health benefits, you will need to provide all current medical insurance and medical bills from the last three months for each person listed, as well as information regarding things anyone owns and/or currently pay for, housing costs, money coming into the household via work or other programs, and more.

Sending the Application

Once you have the form filled out truthfully and completely, you can fax, mail, or bring the form to a benefits office. The fax number and mailing address are listed on the first page of the application. You can find the location of your nearest benefits office by calling 211. You will need to include all applicable additional information, including copies of identification, proof of income, medical bills, etc. Once you send off your application, you will be contacted by the department to set up an interview, either by phone or in person. Your eligibility will thus be determined, and the office will contact you if they need further information.

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