Children’s Health Insurance Program

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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy private health insurance. To qualify for CHIP, a child must be age 18 or younger, a Texas resident, and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.

CHIP Enrollment Fees and Co-Payments

CHIP enrollment fees and co-payments are based on the number of people in the family and the family’s income and assets. Enrollment fees are no more than $50 a year for all the children in the family. Some families pay no enrollment fee. Co-pays for doctor visits and prescriptions range from $3 to $5 for lower-income families and $20 to $35 for higher-income families.

Mothers-to-be can also apply for CHIP perinatal coverage.

Learn More about CHIP and Children’s Medicaid Coverage

To learn more about monthly income limits and how to apply go to
Income Guidelines for CHIP/Children’s Medicaid

CHIP and Children’s Medicaid Coverage

CHIP and Children’s Medicaid both cover services needed to keep children healthy, including:

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

If you need help…

If you need help or have questions about your application, please call toll-free 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905. After you choose a language, press 2. Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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