Last Updated: Thursday, May 11, 2023

Children's Health Insurance Program - CHIP

Health & Human Services (HHS)
4900 N Lamar BLVD
PO Box 13247 (use zip code 78711)
Austin, TX 78751

TEL: 800-647-6558

Alternate Phone: 877-543-7669
FAX: 877-542-5951
Program Website

Benefits Summary

Low-cost health insurance for children under age 19 of working families whose income is too high for Medicaid but too low to afford private insurance coverage. Enrollment fees and co-pays are based on family income.


Regular checkups and office visits, dental services, prescription drugs, medical supplies, access to medical specialists, vaccines, hospital care and services, x-rays and lab tests, mental health care, treatment of special needs, eye exams and glasses etc.

Eligibility Guidelines

Child must be age 18 or younger, a resident of Texas, a US citizen or legal permanent resident, and meet income guidelines

How to apply

Apply online, download an application from the program's web site, or call the toll-free number listed above to request an application. Applicant must provide proof of income, proof of expenses, proof of US citizenship or immigration status, and social security numbers for each person requesting coverage