What are Medicaid (STAR) and CHIP?

Two young Hispanic girls smiling.

Who can qualify?

To qualify for STAR, CHIP, or CHIP Perinate, you must also be the following:

  1. Age 18 or younger (CHIP)
  2. Under age 20 for some types of Medicaid
  3. Pregnant
  4. Under a certain income level
  5. A Texas resident
  6. A US citizen or legal permanent resident
African American father smiling with daughers.

Who can apply?

  1. Any adult who lives more than half the time with an uninsured child
  2. This includes parents, stepparents, grandparents, other relatives, legal guardians or adult brothers or sisters
  3. Anyone age 19 or younger who lives on their own
  4. A pregnant woman of any age

Family Income Table

You might qualify for CHIP and Medicaid. You must have an annual household income – before taxes – that is less than or equal to the following amounts:

Family Members

(Adults plus children)

Medicaid

 

Medicaid Pregnant

 

CHIP

 

CHIP Perinate

 

1

$1,415

$2,106

$2,138

$2,148

2

$1,911

$2,845

$2,888

$2,903

3

$2,408

$3,584

$3,639

$3,657

4

$2,904

$4,323

$4,389

$4,411

5

$3,401

$5,063

$5,139

$5,165

6

$3,897

$ -

$5,890

$ -

7

$4,394

$ -

$6,640

$ -

8

$4,890

$ -

$ -

$ -

For each additional
person, add:

$497

$740

$751

$755

Family Members

(Adults plus children)

Medicaid

 

Medicaid Pregnant

 

CHIP

 

CHIP Perinate

 

1

$16,970

$25,257

$25,641

$25,761

2

$22,928

$34,134

$34,650

$34,830

3

$28,886

$42,994

$43,653

$43,869

4

$34,845

$51,872

$52,664

$52,928

5

$40,805

$60,746

$61,658

$61,970

6

$46,760

$ -

$70,674

$ -

7

$52,722

$ -

$79,671

$ -

8

$58,680

$ -

$ -

$ -

How do I apply for benefits?

Fill out your application and submit the form online.

Apply Online

Download the form and submit it by Mail.

Download Form

Have someone help you fill out an application on the phone.

Call 2-1-1

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.
Call 2-1-1.

 

If you do not choose a health plan, HHSC will choose one for you.

Wait to hear from Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC). Within 45 days, they will let you know if they have approved your application.
Call 2-1-1.

 

You can check the status of your application at yourtexasbenefits.com.

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.