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What is an indigent health care program?

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An indigent health care program is a program that provides discounted health care services to individuals and families with low incomes, according to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. Eligibility criteria, benefits, services and costs differ by state.

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The indigent health care program in Texas provides health care services to residents considered indigent through the hospital districts, counties and public hospitals in Texas, states the Texas Department of State Health Services. Applicants must live in the counties in which they apply for the program and have household resources that do not exceed $2,000, or $3,000 if an aged or disabled person lives in the home, as of 2016. Households whose income does not exceed 21 percent of the federal poverty guideline are eligible.

To qualify for the Colorado indigent health care program, applicants must legally reside in Colorado, have Medicare and health insurance, and be ineligible for child health plan plus or Medicaid, explains the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. The annual incomes of single applicants should not exceed $29,175, while the income of families of four should not exceed $59,625. The benefits and services provided under the program may differ in participating clinics or hospitals. Participants make co-payments for the services they receive.

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