How to Get Approved for Medicaid in Texas

Medicaid in the United States is a joint program between the federal government and the individual states. If you are a resident of Texas, you may qualify for one of the many Medicaid programs offered within the state. Along with an income requirement, an applicant generally needs to be categorically eligible. Medicaid categories are available for the aged, the disabled and children. Adult caregivers of children and pregnant women may also qualify. If your family's income is over the traditional Medicaid income guidelines, you may still qualify for coverage through the CHIP program, which requires a small monthly premium and low co-payments. In order to be approved, you must complete an application and an interview.

Go to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) website and complete the "Should I apply?" questionnaire (see Resource section). The short questionnaire will give you a good indication of whether you will qualify for one of the Medicaid programs.

Download the application from the HHSC website or complete the application online. If you do not have Internet access, you may call or visit one of the many HHSC offices to request an application.

Gather the documents you will need to submit with your application. The application has a complete list of documents you will need to provide.

Mail or fax the application, along with the supporting documents, to the HHSC if you did not apply online. The fax number and mailing address are located on the first page of the application.

Complete your in-person interview at the date and time specified on the correspondence you receive from the HHSC.


  • If you are unable to appear for an in-person interview, you may request that a representative come to your home. Be sure to check the appropriate reason why you cannot appear in person in Section B of the application.