What are Medicaid (STAR) and CHIP?
HEALTHfirst STAR Medicaid
State of Texas Access Reform (STAR) is a Medicaid program. It provides no-cost health care insurance for low-income children, pregnant women and families.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides healthcare for children 0-18 years. CHIP is for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy private health coverage.
Who can qualify?
To qualify for STAR, CHIP, or CHIP Perinate, you must also be the following:
- Age 18 or younger (CHIP)
- Under age 20 for some types of Medicaid
- Under a certain income level
- A Texas resident
- A US citizen or legal permanent resident
Who can apply?
- Any adult who lives more than half the time with an uninsured child
- This includes parents, stepparents, grandparents, other relatives, legal guardians or adult brothers or sisters
- Anyone age 19 or younger who lives on their own
- A pregnant woman of any age
How do I apply for benefits?
The Texas HHSC will send a packet to you. This packet will include facts about each health plan, and you will choose your health plan.
If you do not choose a health plan, HHSC will choose one for you.
Application submissions can take up to 45 days for approval. You can check the status of your application online at YourTexasBenefits.com.
If approved, Texas HHSC will send a packet to you that includes facts about each health plan and how to choose your health plan. If you do not choose a health plan, HHSC will choose one for you.