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YourTexasBenefits: Find out what benefits you qualify for.

This article provides information on SNAP food benefits, TANF cash help, and health care support services. This article is excerpted from Your Texas Benefits.

 

What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefit?

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits.

SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP.

SNAP can’t be used to:

  • Buy tobacco.
  • Buy alcoholic drinks.
  • Buy things you can't eat or drink.
  • Pay for food bills you owe.

See SNAP Food Benefits at the web site of Texas Health and Human Services.

 

Who qualifies for SNAP benefits?

People who don’t have a lot of money as long as they meet program rules. 

Most adults age 18 to 49 with no children in the home can get SNAP for only 3 months in a 3-year period. The benefit period might be longer if the person works at least 20 hours a week or is in a job or training program. Some adults might not have to work to get benefits, such as those who have a disability or are pregnant.

See Texas Health and Human Services' SNAP Food Benefits web site.

 

 

What is TANF?

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) offers:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Housing
  • Utilities
  • Furniture
  • Transportation
  • Phone
  • Laundry
  • Supplies for the home
  • Medical supplies not paid for by Medicaid
  • Other basic needs

See Texas Health and Human Services' TANF Cash Help web site.

 

 

Health Care for Children

Children's Medicaid covers services needed to keep kids healthy, including:

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Vaccines
  • Drugs ordered by a doctor
  • Lab tests and X-rays
  • Hospital care
  • Glasses
  • Dental care
  • Rides to the doctor

Who is it for?

Children ages 18 and younger whose families have little to no money.

CLICK HERE to see if your family qualifies for CHIP/Children's Medicaid program.

 

Medicaid for an Adult Caring for a Child

Medicaid for an adult caring for a child covers needed services, including:

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Vaccines
  • Drugs ordered by a doctor
  • Lab tests and X-rays
  • Hospital care
  • Glasses
  • Dental care
  • Rides to the doctor

Who is it for?

An adult caring for a child. For the adult to get this type of Medicaid, the child they are caring for must:

  • Live with them.
  • Get Medicaid.
  • Be age 17 or younger or age 18 and attending school full time.

The adult caring for the child must be a:

  • Parent
  • Step-parent
  • Sibling
  • Step-sibling
  • Grandparent
  • Uncle or aunt
  • Nephew or niece
  • First cousin
  • A child of a first cousin (first cousin once removed)

Click the link below for more information

Click the link below to apply for SNAP, TANF or healthcare benefits and to get more information about income requirements from Your Texas Benefits. 

CLICK HERE