Under Chapter 61 of the Health and Safety Code a county that is not fully served by a hospital district or public hospital is responsible for administering a county indigent health care program (CIHCP) for eligible residents. The Texas Department of Health (TDH) is mandated to develop the policies and procedures for counties to use in determining eligibility based on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program. TDH defines covered services and establishes payment rates.
Who is Eligible?
Johnson County Indigent Health Care serves residents of Johnson County that intend to remain there. Income and resource limits must be met before eligibility is made. Counties are required to cover individuals with countable income equal to or less than 21% of the federal poverty income limits. Household resources may not exceed $2,000.00 (or $3,000.00 if a relative who is aged or disabled lives with the household.)
County programs must provide the basic health care services as defined in Chapter 61. All services must be medically necessary. Some services include: primary care, immunizations, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, lab and x-ray, skilled nursing facilities, and three prescriptions a month. However, durable medical equipment, home health care, counseling, emergency transportation, dental, and vision are all services that are not covered through the program.
Application for Assistance
Johnson County residents who are having difficulty paying for medical bills because of low or no medical insurance coverage and limited financial resources should consider the possibility of assistance through the Johnson County Indigent Health Care Program. If eligible, the individual may be able to receive assistance with inpatient and outpatient medical expenses.
Shannon Taylor, BSW or Rachael Smithey, BSW
Texas Department of Health Indigent (512) 834-4548
Health Care Division
Other local county indigent programs:
Dallas County (214) 590-2810
Ellis County (972) 825-5085
Erath County (254) 965-1452
Hill County (254) 582-4065
Hood County (817) 573-2683
Somervell County (254) 897-2206
Tarrant County (817) 920-6940