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Medicaid Buy-In for Children Launched January 1, 2011
What is the Texas Medicaid Buy-In for Children?
Medicaid Buy-In for Children can help pay medical bills for children with disabilities. This program helps families who need health insurance, but make too much money to get traditional Medicaid. Families “buy in” to Medicaid by making a monthly payment (premium).
To be in this program a child must:
- Be age 18 or younger.
- Meet the same rules for a disability that are used to get Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
- Live in Texas.
- Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
- Not be married.
Monthly payments (premium)
Most families make monthly payments to be in the Medicaid Buy-In for Children program.
The monthly payment is based on:
- The amount of money your family gets from jobs and other sources (income).
- The number of people in your family.
Some families have to pay part of the cost for their child’s doctor visits, hospital stays, medicine, therapy, and other health services. These costs are usually for the monthly buy-in payments, co-pays, and deductibles. There is a limit to the amount of costs a family has to pay every 12 months. When the family meets the limit, Medicaid will pay all costs for the rest of that 12 month term.
To find out more & apply:
After submitting your application, you can confirm it was received by calling 2-1-1, selecting Option “2”, then entering the social security number for the Head of Household on your application.