Texas CHIP benefits


The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers low- or no-cost health care benefits for kids.

Medical care is just the beginning


With Wellpoint, you’ll also have access to a wide range of services including dental care and extra benefits like our Healthy Rewards program for your child.


Not sure of your service area? Visit our Know Your Service Area page.

CHIP. Texas Health and Human Services.

Preapprovals and referrals



A preapproval is when your doctor needs to ask us to approve a service before you receive it. Your provider will work with us to get the preapprovals you need. Please refer to the Referrals and Preapprovals page.



You may need to visit a specialist or another provider for care or services your primary care provider can’t give you. You don’t need a referral from your primary care provider to get care from other providers in our plan. This includes behavioral health services and OB/GYN care. It’s a good idea to talk to your main doctor first about other types of care you may need. He or she can tell you about other providers in our plan and help you find the care that’s right for you.

The member handbook: Everything you need to know


Your member handbook is your go-to guide for health services. Read it to find out about:


  How to use your benefits.


  How to choose a primary care provider.


  How to get help if your doctor’s office is closed.


  How to reach Member Services if you have questions.


  Your rights and responsibilities as a Wellpoint member.


Member Handbook (English) 

Member Handbook (Spanish) 

CHIP Value-Added Benefit Change Insert (English) 

CHIP Value-Added Benefit Change Insert (Spanish) 

Need a handbook mailed to you?


Request a handbook via live chat with Member Services. To have a STAR member handbook mailed to you at no cost, contact Member Services. The handbook will be mailed within five business days of your request.