Health Services

Taylor County Indigent Health Care Program Eligibility Standards

The Taylor County Indigent Health Care Program follows the rules and procedures established by the Texas Department of State Health Services Handbook Policies to comply with the State law mandated by the First Called Special Session 69th legislature in 1985, which defined, assigned, identified, and established the County’s responsibility under the Indigent Health Care and Treatment Act.

Counties that are not fully served by a hospital district or a public hospital are responsible for administering an indigent health care program for the indigent residents of all or any portion of the county not served by a hospital district or public hospital. The Texas Department of State Health Services is required to develop policies and procedures for counties to use in determining eligibility based on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and Medicaid programs.

The County program must provide basic health care as defined in Chapter 61 of the Health and Safety Code. All services must be medically necessary. Optional services may be provided at the discretion of the County with the Texas Department of State Health Services approval.

An application can be downloaded by clicking on the link(s) located at the top right of this page or obtained at the Taylor County Social Services Office located at 400 Oak Street, Suite 202, Abilene, Texas. Assistance in completing the application will be provided upon request.  

​Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements in household composition, residency, income and resources.
  2. Applicant's income may not exceed the minimum of 21% of the Federal Poverty Income Level. 
  3.  Applicants must provide all information and documentation necessary to determine eligibility.
  4. Applicants have the right to appeal an adverse decision.
  5. Certified eligible applicants will be required to utilize mandated medical and pharmacy providers.
  6. Taylor County will only accept and pay the standard payment rate as determined by the Texas Department of State Health Services Medicaid Fee Scheduled or payment rates approved by the Taylor County Commissioners’ Court.
  7. Without a written Referral from a mandated provider, Taylor County has no obligation of financial responsibility for Non-Emergency Services or Prescription medication rendered to eligible residents by Non-Mandated Providers.