Medicaid Buy-In for Children

The Medicaid Buy-In for Children program offers low-cost Medicaid services to children with disabilities in families that make too much money to get Medicaid.

You might be able to get MBIC for your child, if they:

  • Are age 18 and younger.
  • Have a disability.
  • Are a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen living in Texas.

To apply, click on the link below to the application form.

You can print the form, fill it out, and fax or mail it to the Health and Human Services Commission. The address and fax number are included in the instructions on the form.

You can also apply over the phone or ask for help by calling 2-1-1.

Apply for MBIC

Services Covered by MBIC

MBIC covers the same services as Medicaid, including:

  • Regular checkups at the doctor and dentist.
  • Medicine and vaccines.
  • Hospital care and services.
  • X-rays and lab tests.
  • Vision and hearing care.
  • Access to medical specialists and mental health care.
  • Treatment of special health needs and pre-existing conditions.

MBIC also covers long-term services and supports, including:

  • Home care and personal care, like having someone help monitor your child's health and help them with daily activities.
  • Having somebody take your child to their medical appointments.
  • Nursing home care.
  • A hospital for mental illnesses.
  • A place of care for people with intellectual disabilities.

Income Guidelines for MBIC

Your income is the money you get paid before taxes are taken out. Find your family size on the table below. If your monthly or annual income is the same or less than the amount listed, your child might be able to get MBIC.

Family Members (Adults plus children) Monthly Family Income
1* $1,562
2 $2,114
3 $2,667
4 $3,219
For each additional person, add: $553

*A family of one might be a child who does not live with a parent or other relative.

How Much Does It Cost?

MBIC payments vary based on your income and insurance status.

If your child can get MBIC, you might have a monthly payment. The monthly payment is determined based on:

  • Your family's income.
  • If you have health insurance through your job.
  • If you already get help through programs like the Health Insurance Payment Program.

If you have insurance through your job, your payment could be up to $230 per month depending on your income. If you have insurance through your job and get HIPP, your payment could be up to $70 per month.

If you don't have health insurance through your job and can't get HIPP, you don't have to make a monthly payment.

Need Services? Apply for Benefits.