How to Find the Right Health Coverage

Finding the right health coverage for you and your family can be overwhelming, but it’s important. 

Read more about different coverage types, eligibility criteria and how University Health can help you enroll in the best insurance.

CHIP and Medicaid

Medicaid is a program for low-income Texas residents who are U.S. citizens or qualified non-citizens.

CHIP is a program for children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford health insurance. These children must also be a Texas resident and a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.

To be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or have valid immigration status
  • A child 18 years old or younger (ages for children with disabilities may differ)
  • A parent or adult caring for a child
  • 65 years or older or living with a disability
  • Individuals who have “aged out” of foster care until age 26

Need Help Applying for CHIP or Medicaid?

Our outreach representatives can help with Medicaid or CHIP applications. To start, please contact CareLink at 210-358-3350 or For frequently asked questions about Medicaid and CHIP, visit our website.

In addition to the criteria above, pregnant women may qualify for Medicaid for Pregnant Women or CHIP Perinatal.


Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, and certain younger people with disabilities. Medicare open enrollment is Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 this year.

Be sure you’re ready and have the information you need to make a decision.

Medicare has four parts:

  • Part A - Hospital Insurance
  • Part B - Medical Insurance (for office visits and outpatient care)
  • Part C - Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Part D - Prescription Drug Coverage

Medicare Info Sessions at University Health

Whether you’re new to Medicare or want more options, University Health offers Medicare sessions for enrollment guidance, benefits explanation and information about the MedLink financial assistance program for Medicare-covered patients. 

For more information, please call 210-644-7805 to sign up or email


The Health Insurance Marketplace is a resource where you can compare and buy health insurance plans.

To qualify, you must:


CareLink is a financial assistance program open to Bexar County residents who don’t have health insurance. CareLink is not an insurance plan. Qualifications for CareLink are based on income and the number of people in your family.

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