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Get help applying for low-cost health coverage for your family.

How to Apply

Need Help: 1-800-990-8247
Monday - Friday 8am-5pm

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Application Process

Step 1 — Fill out an application (One application for both CHIP and Medicaid)

  • Online
  • Mail
  • Phone: Call toll-free 1-800-990-8247 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Step 2 — Get approved

  • The State of Texas will tell you if you can get CHIP or Medicaid for you or your children. They should contact you within 45 days. Be sure to complete the application and provide all the documents and proof they require. 
  • Check the status of your benefits or call 2-1-1.

Step 3 — Choose a plan and doctor

  • You will need to choose a health plan and main doctor for your child. You can cover all your children who qualify under one plan.

Advantages of Texas Children's Health Plan:

  • Access to more than 700 doctors and 40 hospitals covering 20 counties. (FIND MY DOCTOR)
  • Coverage includes prenatal care, doctor visits, prescription drugs, shots, eye exams and glasses, hearing exams, dental exams, and school and sports physicals.
  • You also get:
    • Free personal health coaching and weight loss programs
    • Free youth Dynamo soccer clinic
    • Extra dental services for adults
    • Childbirth education classes
    • Gift programs for pregnant members
    • 24-hour nurse helpline
    • Free transportation to your doctor
    • Language services

Step 4 — Start enjoying the benefits

  • As a Texas Children's Health Plan member, you will have access to the best doctors and care. Our members also get great extras such as soccer clinics, free personal health coaching and weight loss programs, childbirth education classes, gift programs for pregnant members and free transportation to your doctor.