STAR Kids | Texas Children's Health Plan

The right plan for kids with special needs.



Help the HHSC plan for your future housing needs


The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is looking to create a Housing Choice Plan for individuals with mental health conditions, substance use histories and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. The “Housing Choice Plan” is a program where the HHSC provides affordable housing assistance to individuals who meet certain requirements. They need input from members of Texas Children’s Health Plan to be successful.
*Responses to the survey are anonymous and confidential. Answers will not change an individual’s ability to receive or provide services.

STAR Kids is a Medicaid-managed care plan. This plan helps children and young adults who under the age of 21 with disabilities. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers STAR Kids in the Harris, Jefferson and Northeast Service Areas.

  • Prescription drugs.
  • Hospital care.
  • Primary care.
  • Specialty care.
  • Preventive care.
  • Personal care services.
  • Private duty nursing.
  • Durable medical equipment and supplies.
Long-Term Services and Supports
STAR Kids offers long-term services and supports if you need them.  Long-term services and supports are things that can help in your home with daily activities. Also, we can help make changes to your home so you can safely move around.
  • If you get services through a Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) waiver, the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) waiver, or live in an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF-IID), you will get certain LTSS through your health plan, but you will continue to get your waiver or facility long-term services and supports through your waiver or facility, the way you do today.
  • If you do not get services through a DADS IDD waiver, YES, or ICF-IID, you will get all your LTSS services through the STAR Kids health plan you pick.
  • If you get services through the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) waiver, you will get all your LTSS through the STAR Kids heath plan you pick.
STAR Kids Value Added Services
  • Caregiver Respite Care Services. Texas Children’s Health Plan proposes to offer twenty-four hours of in-home respite services as an extension of their home and community-based services.
  • Extracurricular Activity Fee Assistance. This extra benefit is available to all members enrolled with Texas Children’s Health Plan and are specifically enrolled in the STAR Kids program. To qualify for this extra benefit, members should be between the ages of 5 and 21.
  • Smoking Cessation Benefits. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers smoking cessation benefits as a value-added service for STAR Kids Members. Up to $75 above the basic benefit – for nicotine replacement products including over the counter and prescription items. Health coaching, education and referral to approved programs offered free of charge to tobacco dependent parents of all members that agree to coaching.
  • Parent Training. Texas Children’s Health Plan offers accredited parent training seminars on a variety of topics from which parents of STAR Kids Members may choose. Topics include caring for children with certain diagnoses, such as ADHD or Autism; navigating special education opportunities and services; and parent training on advocating for children with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Parents may attend any accredited seminar.
  • Post Hospitalization Follow-Up Visit Incentive. STAR Kids members may receive a gift card for completing a follow-up visit after being hospitalized within 7 to 14 days of discharge.
STAR Kids Member Advisory Group
Texas Children’s Health Plan will host quarterly Member Advisory Group meetings to gain valuable feedback from our current members on the initiatives, services, and programs offered by the health plan. The information and member feedback gathered during these meetings will be used to guide future programs. 

To sign-up for these meetings, contact:
832-828-1650 or email:

2020 Dates for the STAR Kids Member Advisory Groups 
Harris SA STAR Kids Member Advisory Groups
Wednesdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
6330 West Loop South, Bellaire, TX 77401

- May 20
- September 16
- November 11

Jefferson SA STAR Kids Member Advisory Groups
Wednesdays 11:15 am to 12:30 pm
Edison Plaza, Ste. 325, 350 Pine St., Beaumont, TX 77701

- April 22
- July 8
- October 14

NE MRSA STAR Kids Member Advisory Groups
Thursdays 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Tyler Women's Building 911 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, TX

- April 23
- July 9
- October 15