Medicaid Information Texas

State name of program
Medicaid
Street address
Brown-Heatly Building, 4900 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751
Phone number
800-252-8263 or 2-1-1 (the Texas information line)
State Medicaid link
http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/index.html
Other links
http://tinyurl.com/dy4dae
Resource limits
1) Texas follows the federal guide lines related to the home equity ceiling.  Home equity in excess of $500,000 or a transfer penalty applied to long-term care services does not restrict payment for Medicaid services other than for long-term care services. This means an applicant with excess home equity or on whom a transfer penalty has been applied, may still qualify for Medicaid coverage of benefits other than long-term care.
2) Texas limits the amounts of resources people can own in order to be eligible for Medicaid coverage. The Medicaid eligibility specialist determines if the person has countable resources at or below the Medicaid resource limit. Currently the resource limit for a single person is $2,000 and $3,000 for couples applying for long-term care services.
Income limits
Texas is an income cap state. That means that eligibility for Medicaid benefits to covering nursing home care is barred if the home’s resident’s income exceeds $2,022 per month (for 2009).
Special notes
The second link listed will let you search for the Medicaid office nearest you. Medicaid rules are very complex; you should check with that office for detailed information.

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