Medicaid for the Elderly & People with Disabilities

Seniors, adults with disabilities and some children with disabilities who don't have health insurance might be able to get health coverage through the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities program.

You might be able to get Medicaid even if you're already on Medicare. If you need help paying your Medicare premiums, click here.

To learn more about all your options, contact your local Aging and Disability Resource Center or call 2-1-1.

To get MEPD, you must be a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen. When you apply, we'll ask about your income, your age, and your disability to see if you qualify.

Apply for MEPD

Services Covered by MEPD

MEPD covers health care services, including:

  • Regular checkups at the doctor.
  • Medicine 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 and pre-existing conditions.

MEPD also covers long-term services and supports, including:

  • Home care and personal care, like having someone help monitor your health and help you with daily activities.
  • Having somebody take your child to their medical appointments.
  • Nursing home care.
  • A hospital for mental illnesses.
  • A place of care for people with intellectual disabilities.

How MEPD Services Are Provided

If you're an adult with a disability and qualify for MEPD, these services are typically provided by STAR+PLUS. You will choose a STAR+PLUS health plan from the ones available in your service area.

If you have a child with a disability who qualifies for MEPD, these services are typically provided by STAR Kids. You will choose a STAR Kids health plan from the ones available in your service area.

You might also be enrolled into traditional Medicaid. Traditional Medicaid just means the state pays your doctors, nurses and other caregivers directly.