Albert Hunter, Indigent Health Coordinator
P.O. Box 647
500 Hwy. 174
Meridian, TX 76665
What is the Indigent Health Care Program?
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 (CHIHCP) 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?
Bosque County Indigent Health Care serves residents of Bosque 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.)
Family Size 21% of FPIL
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 per 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
Bosque 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 Bosque County Indigent Health Care Program. If eligible, the individual may be able to receive assistance with inpatient and outpatient medical expenses.