Attention Community First Members:

You may Have a Co-Pay for CHIP COVID-19 Services Starting October 1, 2024.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) waived co-pays for COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) members. This will end on September 30, 2024.

For most types of doctor visits, you will have to pay a co-pay. You will not have to co-pay for the following types of doctor visits:

  • Check-ups
  • Preventive services
  • Mental health and substance use disorder treatment services

The amount you will need to co-pay is listed on your CHIP Member ID card.

Your co-pay amount was determined based on your income when you enrolled in CHIP. You do not have to co-pay for CHIP services if you are:

  • Native American;
  • An Alaska Native; or
  • A CHIP Perinatal member.

If you have any questions, call Member Services toll free at 1-800-434-2347. If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call 711.

REMINDER: You can use or the Your Texas Benefits mobile app to manage your benefits and update HHSC of any changes, like a new address or income.

Beginning September 1, 2024 Community First Health Plans, Inc. will be adding STAR+PLUS to its line of health care products.

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