Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Texas Legislature directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to create the STAR Kids managed care program. Launched in November 2016, the program serves approximately 165,000 children and young adults with disabilities.

As required by managed care contracts, STAR Kids members (children and youth with disabilities) will receive Medicaid services designed to contain costs of health care services and improve the following:

  • Coordination of health care services
  • Patient-and family-centered care
  • Access to health care services
  • Health outcomes
  • Care quality

The STAR Kids program was designed with input from multiple stakeholders including the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), also known as the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Note: To clarify, in the Texas STAR Kids program, the medical home model is referred to as a "health home." This term does not refer to the Medicaid Section 2703 Health Home State Plan Amendment.

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