Medicaid is a jointly funded federal and state program that provides health coverage to certain groups of low-income people. It provides medical care and supportive services to people who qualify for Medicaid under one of the programs in this chapter. Services include doctor visits, vendor drugs, nursing facility services, and long-term care. While the federal government establishes general guidelines for the program, each state determines Medicaid eligibility.
HHSC Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (MEPD) staff determine eligibility.
Below are Texas Medicaid Programs for long term care:
Long-term nursing care can be a difficult subject to speak of in today’s household. The reality check: 70% of Americans will need some long-term care within their lifetime and the average stay is 3.7 years for women and 2.2 years for men.
Cost and Coverage:
Medicaid for long-term care covers the following:
How will you pay the $5,000 to $7,000 per month in nursing home costs? Medicare? Private pay? Maybe. The good news: Medicaid is there to help, and there are ways to qualify.
Star+Plus is a Texas Medicaid managed care program that provides long term care services and support at the recipient’s home, postponing the need for institutionalization.
Star+Plus requires an individual be placed on an interest list (known as the waiting list) for the program. The interest list is known for having a significant waiting period (in some cases years). However, if admitted into a long-term care nursing facility for thirty consecutive days, and you are approved for “normal” long-term care Medicaid, you may be able to discharge the facility and bypass the interest list. Thus, immediately start receiving Star + Plus services at home or an assisted living facility quicker than waiting on the interest list.
The application process for Star+Plus is different than traditional long-term care Medicaid, however the eligibility criteria is the same. To be added to the state interest list please call 1-855-937-2372 for the Department of Aging or Call the HHSC Interest List at
You DO NOT need medical or diagnostic info to get on Interest lists. Just name, address, phone, birthday, & social security number.