CHIP | Texas Children's Health Plan

Children’s Health Insurance Program

$50 or less a year can cover all of your kids. Includes dental, prescriptions, eye glasses and more.


What is CHIP?

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers low-cost health coverage for children from birth through age 18. CHIP is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy private health coverage.

We offer CHIP in more than 20 counties in the Jefferson and Harris Service Areas.

How does CHIP work?

CHIP provides health care to children who qualify. If your child qualifies, you will need to select a health plan and the doctor you want for your child’s health-care needs. Pick Texas Children’s Health Plan to select from our doctors.

Your child’s doctor can help you find a specialist if your child needs one. The most a family will pay is $50 per year for all the children who qualify, but most families pay $35 per year or less. You will also need to pay additional co-payments for some services.

What does CHIP cover?

CHIP’s benefits include:

  • Doctor visits.
  • Dental care and teeth cleaning.
  • Prescriptions.
  • Eye care and glasses.
  • Hospital care.
  • Hearing tests.
  • X-rays.
  • Much more!

Who Qualifies?

The number of children you have and the amount you earn determines if your children can get CHIP. See the income chart to see if you qualify.

See co-payment costs

What is the difference between CHIP and Medicaid?

The difference between CHIP and Medicaid is based on your family’s income. Find out if you qualify for CHIP or Medicaid.

How do I check on the status of my CHIP application?

Call the CHIP program administrator at 1-877-543-7669.

How do I renew our CHIP coverage?

Call the CHIP program administrator at 1-877-543-7669.