Please see Checklist Section for the Medical and Mental Health Care for Foster Youth Checklist.

STAR Health is a comprehensive, managed care program designed to better coordinate and improve access to health care for:

•   Children in DFPS conservatorship (under age 18);

•   Youth in CPS Extended Foster Care (ages 18 through 21);

•   Youth who were previously under DFPS conservatorship and who have returned to foster care through voluntary foster care agreements (ages 18 through 20); and

•   Youth who aged out of foster care at age 18 and who are eligible for Medicaid services (ages 18 through 20).

Not all children are eligible for the STAR Health program. STAR Health does not cover children who are:

•   In state conservatorship who are placed outside of Texas;

•   From other states but placed in Texas;

•   From other states who are placed in Texas Medicaid-paid facilities such as children in nursing homes, ICF-IIDs, or State-Supported Living Centers; or

•   In DFPS conservatorship but adjudicated and placed in a Texas Juvenile Justice Department facility. (This population receives health care services through TJJD.)

Unless otherwise indicated, children who are ineligible for STAR Health benefits receive Medicaid through the Traditional Fee-for-Service program.

Adoption Assistance/Permanency Care Assistance (AA/PCA)

•   Children in Adoption Assistance or Permanency Care Assistance will be enrolled in STAR or STAR Kids after a transition period. During the transition period they remain enrolled in STAR Health.