Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP)

Children in Texas without health insurance may be able to get low-cost or free health coverage from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This program covers doctor visits, prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, glasses, and more.

Community First Health Plans is the only non-profit, locally owned health plan available in our service area that offers the CHIP program.

CHIP Value-Added Services

As a CHIP Member, Community First offers you both benefits provided by the CHIP program and extra health care benefits exclusive to Community First Members called value-added services.

CHIP Benefits:

  • Regular checkups at the doctor and dentist
  • Prescription drugs 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
  • Treatment of pre-existing conditions

*Depending on your income, you may have to pay an enrollment fee and co-pay for doctor visits and medicine. 

To find out more and to apply, visit You can also call 2-1-1.

Access Member Resources, a library of benefits and resources available to you!

Your CHIP Member Handbook and our bi-annual Community First Member Newsletters are available to you in print, free of charge, and mailed within 5 days. For your free copy, call 1-800-434-2347 or make a request through your secure Member Portal.

For more information about how your health plan works, please read the CHIP Member Handbook and your Evidence of Coverage.

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⚠❗ Attention Community First Members! The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency has ended. All Medicaid and CHIP Members must renew their coverage to keep receiving benefits.

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