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Seesawing Family Income Threatens Kids’ Medicaid Coverage In Texas

Dawn Poole often worries about whether her children qualify for Medicaid and have access to the care they need.

Much of her anxiety is a direct result of living in Texas. Here, children’s eligibility for Medicaid varies by age, but to qualify most children must come from families with incomes at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level — in 2017, $33,948 for a family of four. Texas also has one of the country’s strictest Medicaid verification systems: It runs regular checks on family finances after kids are enrolled to make sure they continue to qualify.

Those checks are the cause of Poole’s angst.


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