Where To Apply For Medicaid In Houston

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If you need to apply for Medicaid in Houston you’re in luck, because you have plenty of options.

Completing a 10-page Medicaid application can be intimidating, although it doesn’t have to be because there are many agencies right here in Houston that will help you every step of the way.

Whether you’re a case manager or an individual needing to apply for Medicaid you’ll have a firm understanding of exactly who can help you after reading this quick article.

This article will provide you with the following:

  • A list of agencies who can help you complete your Medicaid application
  • A map of these agencies
  • Contact numbers to each agency

Texas Health and Human Service Commission

There are 7 Texas Health and Human Service Offices around the Houston area and each of them is staffed with employees who can assist you or your client with completing a Medicaid application.

In addition, to help with Medicaid, they can also help with SNAP, TANF, and behavioral health services.

A walk-in visit to a Texas Health and Human Services office can be an all day affair, so you are encouraged to contact them at 2-1-1 or 1.877.541.7905 to arrange an appointment. You can also complete your application over the phone by dialing those same numbers.

If you’re tech savvy, Texas Health and Human Service Commission also allows you to apply for Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF via their website You Texas Benefits. If you’re uncomfortable with the idea of completing your Medicaid application online simply scroll to the bottom of this page for a map directing you to your nearest Texas Health and Human Service Office.

City of Houston Health Department

The City of Houston Health Department helps locals apply for Medicaid in Houston at each of its 11 multi-service centers.

Each multi-service center is staffed with a Client Access Specialist who can assist you with completing your Medicaid application.

In addition to the Medicaid application, the health department can assist you with applying for SNAP and Texas Women’s Health Program.

To schedule an appointment with a Client Access Specialist contact the Houston Health Department appointment line at 832.393.5427.

Family Services of Greater Houston

Family Services is another option if you need to apply for Medicaid in Houston. They are partnered with Texas Health and Human Services meaning they can also help with SNAP and TANF applications.

Family Services is staffed by knowledgeable case managers who can answer any enrollment related questions you may have.

Contact them at 713.861.4849 to schedule your appointment.

Where To Apply For Medicaid In Houston

Documents To Bring

Contact each agency to find out the exact documents needed, but most request the following:

Proof of Identification – examples include driver’s license, passport, student ID, employment badge, foreign consulate ID card, US immigration documents, children’s birth certificate

Proof of Residency (last 60 days) -examples include utility bill, auto insurance, current lease agreement

Proof of Income of Household (gross income for last 30 days) -examples include pay stubs, unemployment, disability, social security, pension, retirement income, child support statement,  current tax return

Health Insurance –  examples include medical coverage, Medicaid, CHIP, CHIP perinatal, medicare, private health insurance

Immigration status/legal residency -examples include USA immigration documents

Marital Status -examples include marriage license

Other Articles Of Interest

Medicaid 101: The Program’s Purpose

Texas Medicaid: 3 Easy Ways To Apply 

Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 10 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans and creating easy to understand community resources on his site HoustonCaseManagers.com. To become a more saucy social worker, hop on his free email list and receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.