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What New Medicaid Rules Mean to Parents

HHSC has adopted new rules which make clear that a parent, guardian or another adult approved by the parent must be with a child age 14 or younger while the child is getting a Medicaid service. This includes rides set up through the Medical Transportation Program. HHSC will begin enforcing this new rule on April 1, 2013.

What does this mean for parents and guardians?

  • If you can’t go with your child to a doctor, dentist, or other Medicaid-related visit, you must tell HHSC who will go with your child. You can choose any adult to go with your child as long as that adult isn’t paid by the person or clinic providing the Medicaid service.
  • If you want one of these adults to go with your child to Medicaid visits, you must fill out a form. You can get the form at the link below.
  • If you set up a ride through the Medical Transportation Program, the adult you choose must be present when the child is picked up and dropped off. That person must show a photo ID to the driver. 
  • If you have questions or need a form sent to you, please call the Medical Transportation Program at 1-877-633-8747 or the TMHP Contact Center at 1-800-925-9126. Both calls are toll free.

Parent Authorization Form