TexCare Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Healthcare
December 19, 2018


The TexCare Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid health care, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance. The parents in some of these families have jobs that do not offer health insurance for children. Other parents' jobs offer health insurance, but the insurance is so expensive that families cannot afford it.

TexCare offers additional children's health insurance programs through Medicaid, which is provided at no cost to qualifying children, and the State Kids Insurance Program (SKIP). If you are a state employee, you may qualify for an insurance supplement for your dependent children under age 19. Your SKIP supplement will be covered through your state insurance program.


TexCare Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Texas, under 19 years of age or be a primary care giver with a child under the age of 19, not covered by health insurance (including Medicaid), and a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $24,523
2 $33,249
3 $41,976
4 $50,702
5 $59,428
6 $68,155
7 $76,881
8 $85,608

*For households with more than eight people, add $8,726 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Depending on your income level, you may have to pay a premium for coverage. Please see this state's program information for details.

Application Details

To apply for this benefit, visit the Texas CHIP Application page. 

Call 1-800-647-6558 to ask questions about CHIP or to apply over the phone. Operators work between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. M-F and until 3 p.m. (Central Time) on Saturdays, except Federal holidays.



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