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Texas Health Steps

Texas Health Steps, also known as Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), provides regular medical and dental checkups at no cost for children and young adults in the STAR Health Program. It also offers other services like vaccines and vision and hearing screenings.

Texas Health Steps helps to:

  • Find and treat your child’s medical and dental problems early.
  • Make sure your child gets their vaccines.
  • Give health education to keep your child healthy.

During a Texas Health Step checkup, the doctor will look at your child from head to toe, checking for health problems you may not know about. The doctor will also see if your child is growing and developing like other children their age. These checkups can help catch health problems before they get worse and are harder to treat. Regular medical checkups help make sure your child grows up healthy. All children newly enrolled in the STAR Health Program need a Texas Health Steps checkup within 30 days of enrollment and a dental checkup within 60 days.

A complete schedule for regular Texas Health Steps checkups is below:

  • Discharge to 5 days
  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • Every year after through age 20

To schedule an appointment for your child, call 1-866-912-6283. For non-emergency medical transportation services, call Superior's Medical Ride Program, provided by SafeRide, at 1-855-932-2318. Call at least two work days before your appointment. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Read more about this program on the Texas Health Steps website, in the member handbook, or call Texas Health Steps at 1-877-847-8377.  

Are you a provider interested in enrolling for Texas Health Steps exams? Contact Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (1-800-925-9126) or view more information at their website.