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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is CIHCP
    • CIHCP is a county program that provides medically necessary health care benefits to individuals who meet the income, resource, residency, and household criteria; and who are categorically ineligible for the Texas Medical Program.
  2. How Does CIHCP Help Me?
    • The CIHCP is an eligibility based health plan that provides medically necessary health care benefits.

      CIHCP pays for covered services.  Some services require prior approval to be covered.  All services must be medically necessary.  You may be responsible to pay for some services if you choose to receive services that are not covered or are not considered medically necessary.
  3. How do I know if CIHCP is right for me?
    • Those potentially eligible must have countable income at or below 21% of the Federal Poverty Income Level (FPL), and meet residency, resource, and household composition criteria.  Currently, a 1-person household must earn about $389 or less per month to be income-eligibile at 21% FPL.
  4. How can I access services?
    • Call (254) 519.1229 or toll free 1 (877) 516.8593.  One of our staff will mail an application to you.

      Come by our office, the county courthouse, or one of the other locations and pick up an application.

      Once you have completed the application, simply mail it to our office or drop it off in our convenient drop box located outside of the building.

      Click Here for Office Information.
  5. Where are you located?
    • Our office is located at 309 Priest Drive in Killeen next to the Bell County Killeen Annex and behind Vehicle Registration.

      In addition, on Thursdays, we have an outreach office at the Temple Community Free Clinic from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. located at 1905 Curtis B Elliott Drive in Temple.

      Click Here for Office Information.
  6. When are you open?
    • We are available by phone between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  You may be asked to leave a message if we are helping others.

      Our Killeen office is open on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. without an appointment.

      Our Temple Free Clinic outreach is open on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. without an appointment.

      All other days and times in our Killeen, or any outreach office, requires an appointment.
  7. Where can I pick up an application?
    • An application can be picked up at one of the following places:

      Bell County Indigent Health Services
      309 Priest Drive, Bldg. 3
      Killeen, Texas  76541

      Bell County Historic Courthouse
      101 E. Central Avenue
      Belton, Texas  76513
      Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

      Temple Community Free Clinic
      1905 Curtis B. Elliott Drive
      Temple, Texas  76501
      Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

      Mills County Courthouse
      1011 4th Street
      Goldthwaite, Texas  76844
      Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  8. What is HIPAA?
    • HIPAA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act which outlines how private health information should be managed and protected.  The CIHCP is a HIPAA compliant entity.