HHSC Offers STAR Kids Webinar for Physicians

If you participate in Medicaid, don't forget about the STAR Kids managed care program coming Nov. 1. The legislature directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to develop the managed care program specifically designed for children aged 20 years and younger who have disabilities.  

HHSC will conduct physician and family training sessions on the program this month. For training dates and locations, visit the website. Additionally, HHSC is hosting a free STAR Kids webinar for health professionals; the STAR Kids Provider Information Session Webinar will take place Sept. 27 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm CT. 

If you can't participate in the live webinar, you can access a recording later.

According to HHSC, participation in the STAR Kids program is required for those who are 20 years or younger, covered by Medicaid, and meet at least one of these criteria:  

  • Receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  • Receive SSI and Medicare;
  • Receive services through the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) waiver;
  • Receive services through the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) waiver;
  • Live in a community-based intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability or related condition (ICF/IID) or nursing facility;
  • Receive services through a Medicaid Buy-In program;
  • Receive services through any of the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) waiver programs: Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS); Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD); Home and Community-based Services (HCS); or Texas Home Living (TxHmL). 

STAR Kids will provide acute care services, such as physician office visits, hospitalizations, and prescription drugs, as well as long-term care services and support. Those who enroll in the STAR Kids program will choose a health plan, as well as a primary care physician or clinic that will provide basic medical services and provide referrals to a specialist when needed, HHSC says. 

Action, Sept. 15, 2016

Last Updated On

October 11, 2016

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