Texas awards STAR Kids Medicaid contract to Aetna Better Health

CVS Health Corp. announced recently that its Aetna Better Health plan was awarded a Texas STAR Kids Medicaid managed care contract by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

The contract covers 7,500 members in the seven-county Dallas service area and runs from September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2022. At present, Aetna Better Health of Texas serves 85,000 members across Texas via STAR, CHIP, and STAR Kids Medicaid programs. With this new STAR Kids expansion into the Dallas service area, Aetna will serve an additional 7,500 enrollees.


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With this new contract under its belt, Aetna Better Health will now serve STAR Kids beneficiaries across the entire Dallas–Ft. Worth Metroplex. Aetna has already been serving STAR Kids beneficiaries in the neighboring six-county Tarrant service area, where it has operated since 2016.

Through our longstanding relationships with the State of Texas, our provider partners and community-based organizations, Aetna Better Health has provided Medicaid beneficiaries in Texas with access to quality care for more than 14 years,” said Cheryl Harding, CEO, Aetna Better Health of Texas. “By expanding our footprint into the Dallas service area, we have an opportunity to help an additional 7,500 children and young adults in the STAR Kids program achieve better health outcomes.”

STAR Kids is the Texas Medicaid managed care program which serves disabled children and young adults aged 20 and younger. The program’s benefit offerings include prescription drugs, hospital care, primary and specialty care, preventive care, personal-care services, private-duty nursing, and durable medical equipment and supplies.

Additionally, children and young adults who receive extra services through the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP) waiver are administered those services through the STAR Kids program.