Community Health Programs
Matagorda County’s Community Health Clinic provides primary and preventive health services to meet the needs of qualified members of the community. The Community Health Clinic does not serve as the Matagorda County Health Department. Services include:
- Medical Assistance Program (MAP) Eligibility services
- Primary Care to qualified patients on the Matagorda County Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.)
- Children’s Immunizations for eligible children
- Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic Services
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Community Health Clinic
Monday – Friday from 8 am to 12 pm, and 1 pm to 5 pm.
1100 Avenue G
Bay City, Texas 77414
Please note that WIC Clinic locations and hours of operations are not the same as the Community Health Clinic. Click here to visit the WIC Clinic page.
Local Health Department/Disease Reporting
Matagorda County’s Community Health Clinic does not serve as the Local Health Department for Matagorda County. The Local Health Department for Matagorda County is Texas Department of State Health Services, Public Health Region 6/5 South, serving Austin, Colorado, Matagorda, Waller, Liberty and Wharton Counties. TDSHS Public Health Region 6/5 South may be contacted at 713-767-3000. For infectious disease reporting of notifiable conditions, please see the TDSHS website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/idcu/investigation/conditions/contacts/Reg6.asp
Referrals for clients not meeting eligibility requirements for PHC/MAP Services
Clients who do not meet eligibility guidelines for the Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.) will be referred to Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP). MEHOP is a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC) providing primary medical care, dental, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and behavioral health. MEHOP accepts most private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. If uninsured or limited insurance benefits, MEHOP offers discounts (sliding fees) for services based on household income if eligible. Contact MEHOP at 979-245-2008 or www.mehop.org for additional information.
The Matagorda County Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.) is offered as a service of the Matagorda County Hospital District for qualified citizens who reside in Matagorda County, and is based on criteria established by the District. The M.A.P. Program provides certain healthcare services to eligible low income citizens of Matagorda County.
- Residence – Must be a citizen who resides in Matagorda County
- Income – May not exceed the minimum established Federal Poverty Income Level (FPIL) of 70 percent , based on household composition
- Resources/Assets – May not exceed $2,000 (or $3,000 if aged or disabled)
- IMAP (Indigent Medical Assistance Program) 0 – 21 percent of Federal Poverty Income Level (FPIL)
- LMAP (Low Income Medical Assistance Program) 22 – 70 percent of Federal Poverty Income Level (FPIL)
Services Provided for Qualified Applicants
- Primary and preventive care services provided at the Public Health Clinic or by written referral.
- Inpatient and outpatient hospital services provided at Matagorda Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and Palacios Community Medical Center(PCMC). (With appropriate orders and with documented medical necessity). IMAP program only – referral to tertiary centers for inpatient and outpatient services with prior written referral if services unavailable in county and documented medical need.
- Laboratory and Radiology Services (Only those available at MRMC and PCMC with approved orders and documented medical necessity)
- Prescription Medication Vouchers up to 3 prescriptions/month (IMAP program only)
Medications must be on the hospital approved formulary. Coordination of providing prescription medications is performed through a third party prescription program.
M.A.P. Eligibility Office
Public Health Clinic building
1100 Avenue G
Bay City, TX 77414
Monday – Friday: 8 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm
The Medical Assistance Program (M.A.P.) application packet is available from 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday at the Public Health Clinic, 1100 Avenue G, Bay City, TX 77414. Fill out the application packet and deliver it, along with all of the required documentation (as outlined below), to the M.A.P. office at the Public Health Clinic. You may mail, fax, or hand deliver the application and copies of all of the required documentation to the M.A.P. office. Applicant must provide all information and documentation which is requested and the application must be completely filled out, signed and dated.
First time applicants are encouraged to schedule an eligibility screening appointment with the M.A.P. Coordinator by calling 979-244-8136. The application and documents can be reviewed and submitted during the eligibility screening appointment.
Documentation must be provided for each category below as it applies to you or anyone in your household. (A household is yourself, your wife/husband, children and anyone under the age of 18 who lives with you).
Proof of income, proof of residence, proof of household composition and proof of resources are required. Examples of documents that can be used to provide proof for each category are included in the application packet instructions.
Processing of Application with Approval or Denial
Once the application and all required documentation are received by the M.A.P. office, the application will be processed within 14 days, after all of the required information is received. If you are requested to provide additional documentation to determine your eligibility, the requested documentation must also be received by the M.A.P. office prior to eligibility determination with up to 14 days additional processing time required from date of submission. Failure to provide all of the required and/or requested items will delay your application and may cause your application to be denied.
Once eligibility has been determined, applicants will be notified by mail regarding approval or denial of the application. Applicants have the right to appeal denials.
All applications are approved for a limited timeframe. Application for renewal of benefits is required for renewal or extension of benefits. Applications must be submitted in a timely manner to prevent a lapse of coverage, and must include a new completed application form along with copies of proof of income, proof of residence, proof of household composition, and proof of resources. The same rules for processing of initial applications also applies to all subsequent applications for renewals.
The Public Health Clinic offers children’s immunizations through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Vaccine for Children’s Program (TVFC). Children who are eligible may receive vaccines through the age of 18 with a low cost vaccine administration fee per child(not per vaccine) per visit. Parents must complete the State TVFC Eligibility form and qualify before any immunizations can be administered. To be eligible for vaccines at the Public Health Clinic, a child must be uninsured. Non qualifying children will be referred to their Primary Care Provider or to MEHOP.
Note: TB Skin Tests are not part of the TVFC program, but are available for a separate fee. Keep in mind that a return visit appointment will be required in 48 to 72 hours to check the test and mark the results (see TB Clinic Services).
What to bring to your immunization appointment:
- An immunization (shot) record is REQUIRED on the day of the appointment or we will not be able to provide immunizations per TVFC guidelines
Record/records must include documentation of ALL previously received immunizations (example: if received shots in different states, cities, clinics, etc.)
The TVFC Program covers all vaccines recommendedby the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
To schedule an appointment you may call 979-245-8421.
The Public Health Clinic does not offer adult immunizations. Clinics offering vaccines for uninsured adults include
- MEHOP (979) 245-2008
- Brazoria County Health Department 979-864-1484
- Victoria City-County Health Department 361-578-6281
Some local pharmacies also provide immunizations to insured or self-pay adults.
International (Traveler’s) Immunizations
The Public Health Clinic does not provide immunizations for travel to international destinations. Those interested in inquiring about recommended international vaccines are referred to their primary care provider, local pharmacies, Victoria City-County Health Department, or Redi Clinics. Additional information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control’s website for recommended vaccines.
Victoria City-County Health Department 361-578-6281
The Public Health clinic offers the TB skin test to the community for a nominal fee.
This test requires 2 visits:
- 1 visit to receive the test
- 1 visit in 2-3 days (48-72 hours) after receiving the test to have the test area checked and results marked on your record (please bring your record or form).
TB tests that are not read/checked within the 48-72 hours would need to be repeated.
Treatments are also available for significant positive reactors, with no previous treatments, and for those who reside in Matagorda County with active tuberculosis disease. There is no charge for these services with verification of diagnostic information.
TB services are provided under the medical supervision of the Public Health Clinic Medical Director in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Region 6/5/ South, utilizing CDC guidelines for the management and treatment of tuberculosis.
Appointments for TB skin testing and for clinical evaluations are required. To schedule an appointment, you may call the Public Health Clinic at 979-245-8421.