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Health Care Insurance Program for Texas Children:

The Children's
Health Insurance Program
(CHIP)

Links & Resources

About the Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet cannot afford to buy private insurance for their children.

CHIP coverage provides eligible children with coverage for a full range of health services including regular checkups, immunizations, prescription drugs, lab tests, X-rays, hospital visits and more.

Although the funding and services will remain dependent upon any current political climate, some resources may be available for qualified families.


The State of Texas and Health Care Cuts (2012)

The current legislature and governor (2012) have severely cut funds for health care and refused federal aid whenever possible. Depending on the Supreme Court ruling, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) will help in providing more health care resources to our young, needy children. We can hope!


The State of Health Policy in Texas in the year 2006

The state of health policy in Texas for 2006 was ranked 37th (out of 50). Issues include:

  • A high rate of uninsured population at 24.2 percent
  • A high percentage of children in poverty at 22.0 percent of persons under age 18
  • A high incidence of infectious disease at 25.8 cases per 100,000 population
  • A high prevalence of obesity at 27.0 percent of the population.
  • High cost of clinical care in Texas. Care is high compared to other states and the quality of care is low.

Please use the links below for more information
about current health care resources for Texas children.

» Click here for more information from 
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

» Click here for information about
who qualifies and how to apply




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