SNAP Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP is a federal program that helps low-income Americans put food on the table. This program provides timely, targeted and temporary benefits to people in need so that Americans have access to nutritious food. Federal eligibility for SNAP is limited to people with gross incomes up to 130% of the federal poverty line.
TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
TANF is a support service for Texas families, to provide financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children and the parents or relatives with whom they are living. Eligible households receive monthly cash and Medicaid benefits. TANF uses state funds to provide cash assistance to families with two parents who both receive benefits with children deprived of parental support because of the unemployment or underemployment of a parent. Eligibility requirements, must have a child 18 years of age or younger, be pregnant, be 18 years of age or younger and the head of household.
Health Insurance Programs
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no- cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Texas. These programs provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy.
Long-term care Medicaid; people who are older and require help with basic tasks of living – bathing, dressing, personal care, housekeeping or preparing meals – are candidates for long-term care services.
Medicaid for Adults provides health coverage for some low-income adults, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. You may qualify based on income and family size. If you make less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), you will qualify for Medicaid.
The Medicare Savings Program (MSP) is a Medicaid-administered program that can assist people with limited income in paying for their Medicare premiums. There are three benefit levels, each has a different income eligibility limit.
The 3 MSP programs pay for the Part B Medicare Premium. If qualified, you will no longer have this premium amount deducted from your Social Security benefit.
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB): Pays for Medicare Part A premium for people who do not have enough work history to get premium free Part A. QMB also pays the Part B premium, deductibles and coinsurances. Medicaid eligible who qualify for QMB cannot be charged Medicare co-pays.
- Specified Low-income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB): Pays the Medicare Part B premium.
- Qualifying Individual (QI) Program: Pays the Medicare Part B premium.
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