County Indigent Health Care Program

The County Indigent Health Care Program (CIHCP) helps low-income Texas residents who don’t qualify for other state or federal health care programs get access to health care services.

The program is administered by local counties, hospital districts and public hospitals. Services for qualified individuals include but are not limited to:

  • Vaccines
  • Medical screening services
  • Yearly physical examinations
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital visits
  • Laboratory and radiology
  • Skilled nursing facility services

Contracting to Provide Services

Each CIHCP program (entity) operates independently. Any provider used by CIHCP must be a Texas Medicaid provider. To learn how to become a CHICP provider, contact your local indigent health care program.

For information on a local program, visit

Rules and Legislation

Texas Administrative Code, Texas Administrative Code, Title 26, Part 1, Subchapter A, Chapter 363

Chapter 61, Health and Safety Code

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