County Indigent Health Care Program - Eligibility Criteria

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Residence: The applicant must live in the county in which s/he applies and must intend to remain there.

Household: A CIHCP household is a person living alone or two or more persons living together where legal responsibility for support exists, excluding disqualified persons.  A disqualified person is one who receives or is categorically eligible to receive Medicaid.  

Resources: A household is eligible if the total countable household resources do not exceed:

  • $3,000.00 when a person who is aged or disabled and who meets relationship requirements lives in the home or
  • $2,000.00 for all other households.

Income: A household is eligible if its monthly net income does not exceed 21% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG).  Counties may choose to increase the monthly income standard to a maximum of 50% FPG, and still qualify to apply for state assistance funds.

CIHCP Monthly Income Standards Effective April 2014
Based on the 2014 Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG)

# of Individuals
in the
CIHCP Household

21% FPG
Minimum
Income Standard

50% FPG
Maximum
Income Standard

1

$205

$487

2

$276

$656

3

$347

$825

4

$418

$994

5

$489

$1,163

6

$560

$1,333

7

$631

$1,502

8

$702

$1,671

9

$773

$1,840

10

$844

$2,009

11

$915

$2,178

12

$986

$2,348

 Your Texas Benefits is an eligibility screening tool that can help you determine if you may be potentially eligible for a variety of assistance programs, including the County Indigent Health Care Program.

You may also wish to read answers to Frequently Asked Questions on our FAQ page.

Last updated June 19, 2014