Here is a great place to get started to learn about your Texas benefits (SNAP, TANF, WIC, Health Care, Support Services)

SNAP Food Benefits

What it offers
 Helps people buy the food they need for good health. People also can buy garden seeds with SNAP benefits.
 SNAP food benefits are put on to the Lone Star Card and can be used just like a credit card at any store that accepts SNAP.
SNAP can’t be used to:
 Buy tobacco.
 Buy alcoholic drinks.
 Buy things you can’t eat or drink.
 Pay for food bills you owe.
Who is it for?
 People who don’t have a lot of money as long as they meet program rules.
 Most adults age 18 to 49 with no children in the home can get SNAP for only 3 months in a 3-year period. The benefit period might be longer if the person works at least 20 hours a week or is in a job or training program. Some adults might not have to work to get benefits, such as those who have a disability or are pregnant.
Maximum monthly income limits:
PLEASE NOTE: The following chart gives a general idea of the amount of money (income) most people or families can get and still be in this program.
Maximum monthly income limits
Family size
Monthly amount of income allowed
1 person
2 persons
3 persons
4 persons
5 persons
For each additional person, add:
Other facts:
Most people age 16 to 59 must follow work rules to get SNAP benefits. Work rules mean a person must look for a job or be in an approved work program. If the person has a job, they can’t quit without a good reason.

b. TANF Cash Help –

 Helps families with children age 18 and younger pay for basic needs.

c. Health Care

 Helps cover visits to doctors, dentists, and hospitals. Also covers medicines ordered by doctors and dentists.
d. Support Services –
Maximum Monthly SNAP Amount
Family size
Monthly SNAP amount
For each additional person, add:
 Helps people with daily living needs, caregivers, and people with mental health, drug or alcohol issues.

WIC Food Benefits

 The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, popularly known as WIC, is a nutrition program for pregnant, breastfeeding women and families with children younger than 5.

Health Insurance Options –

If you lose job-based health insurance, you have 2 main options:
 Buy a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace
 Sign up for COBRA coverage

Option 1: Buy a health plan through the Marketplace
If you leave your job for any reason and lose your job-based insurance, you can buy a Marketplace plan. Losing job-based coverage, even if you quit or get fired, qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period. This means you can buy insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period.
Your coverage can start the first day of the month after you lose your insurance.
 When you fill out a Marketplace application, you’ll find out if you qualify for savings on your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket health care costs based on your income.
 You’ll also learn if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
 Create an account to apply any time. Or, before logging in you can preview plans and estimated prices for a Marketplace plan based on your income.

Option 2: Sign up for COBRA coverage
You may be able to keep your job-based health plan through COBRA continuation coverage.
COBRA is a federal law that may let you pay to stay on your employee health insurance for a limited time after your job ends (usually 18 months). You pay the full premium yourself, plus a small administrative fee.

 To learn about your COBRA options, contact your employer.
 If you’ve already signed up for COBRA coverage, find out if you can switch from COBRA to a Marketplace health plan.
More answers: If you lose job-based coverage
Can a Marketplace plan start the same day I lose my job-based insurance?
 No. Marketplace plans take effect the first day of the month after your job-based insurance ends. So, if you lose your insurance plan on March 7 and select a Marketplace plan by March 31, coverage can start April 1.
Do I need to provide proof that I lost insurance through my job?
 You may be asked to provide proof that you lost insurance through your job. Your eligibility notice will explain how to verify your loss of coverage. The Marketplace may also contact you directly.
When I apply for a Marketplace plan after losing job-based insurance, does the income I made this year before I left my job count?
 Yes. Savings on a Marketplace plan are based on your estimate of income for everyone in your tax household for the full calendar year you want coverage. Learn how to estimate your yearly income.
What if I lost my job-based insurance and I’m now eligible to enroll in a spouse’s plan? Can I buy a Marketplace plan instead?
 Yes. But if you’re offered coverage through your spouse’s job, you aren’t eligible for premium tax credits or other savings on a Marketplace plan – even if you don’t accept the offer. The only exception is if your spouse’s plan doesn’t meet certain standards for affordability or coverage. Most plans meet these standards, even if they charge high premiums for spouse and dependent coverage.
What if I leave my job with insurance and start another job that has a waiting period before I can enroll in it?
 You can buy a Marketplace plan to provide coverage until your new job-based insurance starts. Until then, you can qualify for savings on a Marketplace plan based on your income. Once you enroll in the new job-based insurance you can keep the Marketplace plan, but you’d have to pay full price. You can end your Marketplace plan any time without penalty.
What if I leave my job that had health insurance and take a new job that doesn’t offer health insurance?
 As long as you don’t have another offer of qualifying health coverage, you can enroll in a Marketplace plan and may be eligible for premium tax credits and other savings based on your income


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