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What are the guidelines for Texas Medicaid eligibility?

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To receive Texas Medicaid benefits, you must be a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident or legal immigrant and a documented resident of the state of Texas. You must also be in need of health care or insurance assistance, and your income levels must be defined as low or very low relative to the federal poverty line.

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In addition to these baseline Texas Medicaid requirements, you can also receive benefits if you are either pregnant, a parent or a relative caretaker of a dependent under the age of 19. Eligibility extends to the blind, the elderly (65 years of age or older), the disabled or any individual living with a disabled family member.

To receive Texas Medicaid benefits, your annual gross income (income procured from wages, Social Security, child support, alimony, unemployment benefits or VA benefits) must fall below 133 percent of the respective year’s federal poverty line. For families, the gross income level must fall below 200 percent of the respective year’s federal poverty line.

Medicaid is a joint state and federal program that offers medical coverage to eligible individuals in need. The purpose of the Texas Medicaid program is to improve the quality of life for Texas residents who would otherwise go without health care for themselves and their families.

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