State Benefits

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2-1-1

image0022-1-1 is a state-wide social service directory that provides information and referrals to state programs and various local non-profits. A live person will help you find assistance in your area. You can also visit 2-1-1 online: www.211Texas.org

Texas Medicaid

image009Texas Medicaid is a healthcare plan available to low income families. Different Texas counties offer various Managed Care plans (like HMOs). Traditional Medicaid is only available to those who also have SSI (see below about applying for SSI). Please contact the Therapy 2000 Business Office at 214-467-9787 to find out which plans Therapy 2000 accepts/does not accept.

To apply, contact: 2-1-1, 1-877-541-7905, or www.yourtexasbenefits.com

MAXIMUS

MAXIMUS is an organization that helps families navigate the various Medicaid managed care plans and is able to provide families with objective comparison charts. *When switching insurance plans, please check with your physician to make sure they accept the insurance.

Contact: 1-800-964-2777, http://www.maximus.com/services/health/medicaid-expansion

To view all the Managed Care Plans: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/QuickAnswers/index.shtml

Medicaid Buy In Program

Medicaid Buy In Program is a program for families whose incomes are too high for regular Medicaid. Families pay low (income-based) monthly premiums to receive Medicaid benefits.  The applying individual must meet the same medical necessity criteria for SSI; the individual must have supporting documentation demonstrating that their disability is expected to impair their daily functioning for at least a year or more.

To apply, contact: 2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905 or http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/healthcare/MBIC.shtml

Medicaid Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP)

Medicaid Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP) is a program that pays an individual’s private insurance premiums if they also have Medicaid.

To apply, contact: 1-800-440-0493 or www.GetHIPPTexas.org.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides financial help for low-income children and their parents or relatives who are living with them. Monthly cash payments help pay for food, clothing, housing, utilities, furniture, transportation, telephone, laundry, household equipment, medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid, and other basic needs.

To apply, contact: 2-1-1, 1-877-541-7905, or www.yourtexasbenefits.com

Program overview: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/financial/temporary-assistance.shtml

Food Stamps (SNAP)

Food Stamps (SNAP) is a program that helps people with low incomes and resources buy the food they need for good health. Families are allocated funds on a debit card called a “Lone Star Card” that is accepted at participating locations.

To apply, contact: 2-1-1, 1-877-541-7905, or www.yourtexasbenefits.com

Program overview: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/help/Food/snap.shtml

Personal Care Services (PCS)

Personal Care Services (PCS) is a respite program under Medicaid that provides attendant care contingent on income and medical necessity (if a child needs assistance with basic activities of daily living and the caregiver is not able to provide this and/or needs assistance providing this).

To apply, contact: 1-888-276-0702

Program overview: www.dshs.state.tx.us/region1/documents/tmp-personalCareservices.pdf

Transportation Services

Transportation Services vary across counties. Contact 2-1-1 for a local provider or visit the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Find a Ride”: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/public-transportation/find-ride.html

*Medicaid reimburses trips to the doctor and other medical appointments.

To apply for the reimbursement program, contact: 1-877-633-8747 (1-877-MED-TRIP). You may also contact LogistiCare of Texas, 1-855-687-3255.

Program Overview: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/QuickAnswers/index.shtml#Get_Ride

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

image005Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that pays monthly benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources. Individuals who have SSI automatically qualify for Traditional Medicaid as well.  The applying individual must have supporting documentation demonstrating that their disability is expected to impair their daily functioning for at least a year or more.

To apply, contact: 1-800-772-1213, www.socialsecurity.gov (click on Benefits tab, and then Supplemental Security Income)

Program overview: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-11000.pdf

Medicaid Waivers

image006Medicaid Waivers are programs under the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) that provide supplemental services for children and adults with disabilities, such as respite care, therapy services, home modifications, vehicle modifications, nursing care, etc. Waiting Lists are often very long (lasting several years) but may be bypassed through a program called Rider 28 (aka Money Follows the Person), which involves a brief stay in a nursing home. Ages 20 and under may qualify for MDCP (Medically Dependent Children’s Program), CLASS (Community Living Assistance and Support Services), and Home and Community Based Services (HCS), to name a few. Ages 21 and up may qualify for CLASS, HCS, and Community Based Alternatives (CBA). Families must update their contact information and program interest yearly if they wish to remain on the waiting list. Once approved, families must renew their qualification status/approval yearly.

To apply, contact: 1-877-438-5658 or 1-888-337-6377 or http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/index.cfm

Guardianship

Guardianship is a legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons from abuse, neglect (including self-neglect), and exploitation. Guardianship provides for the person’s care and management of his or her money while preserving, to the largest extent possible, that person’s independence and right to make decisions affecting his or her life. If an individual who is 18 or older cannot cognitively make decisions for himself or herself, a legal guardian must be appointed to oversee that individual’s care. Parents and relatives of these individuals may apply for guardianship; if they don’t, the state may appoint a guardian of their choosing.

Resources:

Department of Aging and Disability Services:

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services/guardianship/

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/news_info/publications/brochures/pub395-guardianship.pdf

Texas Guardianship Association: http://texasguardianship.org/

Texas Project First: http://texasprojectfirst.org/Guardianship.html

Texas Parent to Parent: www.txp2p.org

Women Infants and Children (WIC)

WIC logo English LARGE FORMATWomen Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well, learn about nutrition, and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, breast-feeding support and supplies, nutritious foods (including formula), and help accessing health care to low-income women, infants, and children.

To apply, contact: 1 (800) 942-3678 or http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/wichd/