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Most of the following information is obtained directly from agency and program websites and publications.

Medicare
The federal health insurance program for: people 65 years of age or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure with dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD).
Medicare information


Medicaid
A joint federal-state program that helps with medical costs for some people with low incomes and limited resources. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Medicaid information


Medicaid Waiver Programs
Waiver programs allow the state to receive federal matching funds to provide programs for home and community-based services where federal funds are not otherwise available. Waivers may also provide funds to provide services to categories of individuals for which federal matching funds are not available. Medicaid waiver programs often provide assistive technology devices and services, durable medical equipment and home modifications. Many of the Texas Medicaid waiver programs have long waiting (interest )lists.

Rehabilitation Services
The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find, or keep employment. Gaining skills needed for a career, learning how to prepare for a job interview, or getting the accommodations needed to stay employed are just a few of the ways this program helps people with disabilities increase productivity and independence. Rehabilitation Services information

Independent Living Services
Independent Living Services (ILS) program promotes self-sufficiency despite the presence of one or more significant disabilities.
Independent Living Services


Blind Services
DARS Division for Blind Services (DBS) assists blind or visually impaired individuals and their families. Depending upon their goals and needs, DBS offers services to help regain independence or find a job. DBS staff work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to get high quality jobs, live independently, or help a child receive the training needed for success in school and beyond. DBS envisions a Texas where people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy the same opportunities as other Texans to pursue independence and employment, and their mission is to work in partnership with Texans who are blind or visually impaired to reach their goals. Blind Services


Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP)
The Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP) is a state-wide program that provides financial assistance to qualified persons with disabilities so they may purchase specialized telecommunications devices and services that allow them to use the telephone network.

Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP)

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