There are a number of public health insurance options that make healthcare accessible to all Texas residents. These Texas public health insurance options are provided through federal or state programs like Obamacare, Medicaid, and Medicare. They are available to you in the event that you do not want to enroll in private health insurance, do not have employer-sponsored health insurance options, or are unable to afford other health insurance options. Click on an area of Texas Public Health Insurance below to be taken to more detailed information about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act), Medicaid, or Medicare programs, plans, options, and FAQs.
Obamacare, Affordable Care Act
Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, refers to any healthcare insurance plan that can be purchased through the federally operated Health Insurance Marketplace. When applying for Obamacare, you may find that you qualify for cost assistance or government subsidies. These subsidies can help to offset your public health insurance costs.
Learn More About Texas Obamacare options, government subsidies, and how to sign up.
Texas Medicare is the federal health insurance for those who are 65 years of age or older, or who have a specific disability such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS). If you have Medicare Part A today, you meet the requirements for a qualified health plan per the Affordable Care Act. If you have only Medicare Part B, you, unfortunately, do not meet this requirement, so you will need additional health insurance coverage to avoid the Affordable Care Act penalty.
Texas Medicare programs and services include:
Original Medicare Plans - Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (medical insurance)
Medicare Advantage Plan - Part C
Medicare Rx Plan - Part D (prescription drug)
HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program)
Learn More About Texas Medicare Plans, what they cover, and how to sign up.
Texas Medicaid: Health Insurance For Low-Income
Texas Medicaid is the state-funded health insurance for low-income individuals, families, pregnant women, and those with disabilities. In 2013, Texas expanded its Medicaid program in response to the growing need of its citizens. As such, you may want to reapply for Medicaid if you were previously denied. You can apply for Texas Medicaid, and if approved, begin receiving benefits at any time of the year.
Texas Medicaid programs include:
Learn More About Texas Medicaid plans, options, and how to sign up.