Public assistance in Tarrant County.
The county can help low income families and individuals access several different public and government assistance programs. Most of the Tarrant County social services revolve around health care, food stamps, and financial assistance for families with children. Residents can work with a case manager to learn about these public assistance programs and can get assistance applying for help.
Tarrant County Human Services accepts applications for Temporary Assistance for Needy Children, or TANF. This government program provides medical bill and financial assistance to families with needy dependent children. Any relatives or parents they live with can also benefit from Tarrant County TANF. If you apply and are found to be qualified, households who are enrolled in TANF will receive a monthly cash grant to pay their bills and basic needs, and they will also be qualified for federal government Medicaid benefits.
Employment services are also offered as part of the Tarrant County TANF program. Each participant in this public assistance program needs to participate in job finding and employment services. So work with a social worker to get help finding a job and improving your skills from job training.
There can be some exemptions provided, which will be for adults ages 60 and older, children under age 19, people needed at home to provide care for an ill or disabled household member, single parents or relatives caring for a child under age one, individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities, single grandparents, applicants aged 50 and older who are caring for a child under age three, or pregnant women unable to work.
Texas Medicaid Women’s Health Program is a service that can offer Tarrant County patients some basic medical care. This includes contraception at no cost to eligible women, an annual family planning exam, and related health screenings. Coverage for this public health care program will run for one year and women can renew their coverage at the end of their coverage period. Other health care services offered through the Women’s Health Program include, but are not limited to:
- Pap smear and Gynecological exam.
- Comprehensive review of health history and evaluation of medical conditions.
- Family planning including education and counseling.
- Screening for breast and cervical cancers, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, and high blood pressure.
- Consultations of risky lifestyles, including obesity, exercise, and smoking, however only as they relate to contraception.
- Contraception and birth control, except emergency contraception.
Federal government Medicaid can be applied for. This government program provides comprehensive health care and medical benefits for eligible children and families. The program focuses on low income families, elderly, children who are not disabled; primarily low-income families, related caretakers of dependent children, pregnant women, and the disabled.
Tarrant County residents may be able to receive free medical care from Medicaid. The public program may be able to pay for medicines, doctors' services, lab and X-ray charges, nurse midwife, nursing facility and hospital services, family planning, ambulance, maternity, as well as a wide variety of other health care services and medical bills. Medicaid also pays for other out-of-pocket medical expenses and bills for certain Medicare recipients, such as co-insurance costs, Medicare premiums, and health care deductibles. Some other services offered to qualified people can include.
- Patients under age 21, and people receiving MQMB or QMB government benefits, may receive coverage for services from podiatrists, psychologists, and licensed counselors, hearing aids, chiropractic services, contact lenses, and eyeglasses.
- Senior citizens and people who are elderly, the disabled may be able to receive services and medical care in their homes rather than a local doctor office.
Apply for food stamps in Tarrant County from Human Services. This program is also called the Lone Star Card. This resource provides public cash assistance to purchase groceries, food and other items at local grocery stores and supermarkets. Some of the conditions of food stamps in Tarrant County include:
Applicants to food stamps in Tarrant County who range in age from 18-50 who are not participating in a specified government work program or who are currently working are limited to an initial three months of eligibility. They can only apply once in a 36-month period unless they are exempt from employment services requirements. People who are exempt can include those who are mentally or physically unfit to work 20 hours per week. Other exemptions can be for women who are pregnant; live in an able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) exemptions in the county; or members of a food stamp household that includes a child, living in the home, who is under age 18.
Children's Medicaid as well as Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are available in Tarrant County. There is often a waiting list. This is a public government health care program for children. Medical assistance and health care services offered include inpatient/outpatient mental health treatment, free or low cost prescription drugs, eye exams and glasses, home health services, regular checkups, immunizations, hospital visits, durable medical equipment, physical/speech/occupational therapy, dental care services, emergency services, substance abuse detoxification, outpatient, and residential services.
To learn more or apply for help, dial Human Services at (817) 531-5620.