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CHIP/CHIP-P/STAR Medicaid: Before You Start

It’s good to know that CHIP and Medicaid both use the same application. Applying for CHIP, CHIP-P, or STAR Medicaid is easy.

Have these items handy as you apply:

  1. Proof of identity - This could include Social Security numbers for children applying for coverage
  2. Proof of citizenship or immigration status - U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Certificate of Naturalization
  3. Proof of money your family gets (income) - Includes paycheck stubs, proof of self-employment income, child support check stub
  4. Proof of what you pay to take care of others (expenses) - Includes receipts or cancelled checks from the person you pay for:
    • child or adult care,
    • child support or
    • alimony
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How to Apply for CHIP, CHIP-P, or STAR Medicaid

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Step 1: Fill out an Application

There are three ways to apply. Choose the way that works best for you!

Apply online

  • You can fill out the form at your own pace. Visit www.yourtexasbenefits.com.
  • We can also answer any questions you have along the way, such as who can qualify or how to fill out your application. Just call us at 1-888-760-2600.

Apply by phone

  • Call 2-1-1. That's toll-free. When you call, pick a language, and then, press 2.
  • A Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) representative will start your application over the phone, then mail it to you for you to sign.
  • Send your application back to HHSC with the items they need to prove your income and receipts showing what you pay for things like childcare, alimony or care for an adult who has a disability. You can use the pre-paid envelope or fax everything to 1-877-447-2839.
  • It can take up to 45 days for HHSC to work on your application. To find out what’s happening with your application, call 2-1-1.

Apply by mail or fax

  • Get your application form. You can print an application now.
  • Send your application back to HHSC with the items they need to prove your income (paycheck stubs) and receipts showing what you pay for things like childcare, child support or care for an adult who has a disability. You can use the pre-paid envelope or fax everything to 1-877-447-2839.
  • It can take up to 45 days for HHSC to work on your application. To find out what’s happening with your application, call 2-1-1.

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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.


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Step 3: Choose a Plan and Doctor

HHSC will send you a packet in the mail. Use that packet to choose a health plan and main doctor for your child. Learn why 250,000 Members have already chosen Community! 


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Step 4: Enjoy the Benefits of Community!

As a Community Member, you can choose from a wide network of hospitals and doctors, including Memorial Hermann, Harris Health System, and many others.

Great health care is just the start. Community Members also get lots of extras like:

  • Member events
  • Transportation assistance
  • 24-Hour Nurse Help line
  • Much more

Marketplace Plans

Ready to get health care coverage? Want to sign up for Community Health Choice?

You’ve come to the right place. Click here for our enrollment website to sign up for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage (requires the Google Chrome browser; if you don't have Google Chrome you can download it here).

 


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Have questions along the way? We’re just a phone call away.

  • Call us at 713-295-6704 or toll-free at 1-855-315-5386 to speak with a Community representative.
  • TDD callers may use 7-1-1.