Before you apply
Find out whether you are eligible, through one of two ways.
Go online to www.yourtexasbenefits.com. On the left side of the webpage, click on the button that says "Complete Screening." Follow the directions and complete the questionnaire as best you can. At the end of the questionnaire, you will receive your results and find out if you are qualified to receive free health care in Texas. If you don't have access to the Internet, you can visit a Health and Human Services Commission benefits office near you and someone will assist you with finding out your eligibility status. Call 2-1-1 to find out an HHSC benefits office nearest your home. If you are unable to travel to the office for any reason--due to disability, sickness or no transportation--an HHSC worker can speak with you on the phone or visit you at home.
If you are eligible, obtain an application packet online at http://www.yourtexasbenefits.com or request that a copy be sent to you. Review the application packet.
Find out what documents are needed to serve as proof of your eligibility. A complete list of required documents is listed in the application packet.
Gather the necessary documentation and make photocopies of them.
Applying to Medicaid
Fill out the application. You can apply directly online at www.yourtexasbenefits.com or if you prefer, you can print out a hard copy of the application which can also be found on that website. Alternatively, if you would rather complete the application on the phone or in person, contact HHSC.
Make or request photocopies of your completed application.
Submit the completed application and documents via the Internet, mail, fax, phone, or in person.
Wait for a decision. If your application is approved, you will be informed of your benefits and how to use them.
If you disagree with the decision or the benefits you received, you have the right to appeal by requesting for a fair hearing which is a "meeting conducted by a regional hearing officer with any applicant or client who disagrees with and wishes to appeal an action taken on your case." Contact HHSC for more details.