Program and Benefits Updates


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July 2014

Reimbursable Drugs

The list of reimbursable drugs has been updated. It is organized by chemical name and therapeutic category. The list was effective on July 1, 2014. 

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November 2012

Effective Monday, November 12, 2012, pharmacies in Texas that have a contract with the Kidney Health Care Program will be able to provide a wider range of blood glucose testing strips, lancets, insulin syringes, and insulin needles to KHC clients. These items have been on the KHC formulary, but limited in scope. When Texas Medicaid begins coverage of these Limited Home Health Supplies (LHHS) on November 12th, all diabetic test strips, lancets, insulin syringes, and insulin needles that will be covered by Medicaid will now be available to KHC clients. All other drug benefit limitations will still apply. More information about this change can be found on the Texas Vendor Drug website at  KHC clients with questions about this notice may call the program at 1-800-222-3986

July 2012

Reimbursable Drugs

The list of reimbursable drugs has been updated. It is organized by chemical name and therapeutic category. The list is effective on July 1, 2012. 

Access Surgery Quick Sheet

The Access Surgery Quick Sheet (70 KB PDF) was updated to add CPT code  G0365 effective July 1, 2012.

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November 2011

Mileage Calculation

Effective November 1, 2011, Google Maps will be the primary source for calculating round trip mileage.

September 2011

Access Surgery Quick Sheet 

Formatting changes were made to the Access Surgery Quick Sheet Publication #41-12933 (70 KB PDF) to make it clearer and more accessible.

May 2011

Access Surgery Quick Sheet 

The Access Surgery Quick Sheet Publication #41-12933 (70 KB PDF) was updated to show CPT code 36145 changed to 36147.

April 2011

Effective April 1, 2011, Kidney Health Care (KHC) Program will no longer cover the brand name drug product PhosLo. However, the Program will continue to cover most generic forms of this medication, Calcium Acetate 667mg. Please call our program with any questions about which of these generic brands are covered.

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April 2010

Direct Deposit Form updated 4/26/2010

Kidney Health Care has a new direct deposit form. The same form is used for all of the Department of State Health Services. Read more about the direct deposit form.

February 2010

New Kidney Health Care Rules updated 2/18/2010

We have received the acknowledgement from the Texas Register Division approving publication of the Kidney Health Care rules in the February 12, 2010, issue of the Texas Register. The Texas Register publication includes the preamble and rule text for new §61.3, Client Eligibility Requirements, and §61.5, Benefits and Limitations, in accordance with adoption of those sections with changes to the proposed rules.

The rules became effective on February 18, 2010, (20 days after filing on January 29, 2010).

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November 2009

KHC Amendment Rebate Agreement posted 11/18/09

August 2009

Drug and Premium Benefits Letter

KHC revised the letter sent to its clients describing the drug and premium benefits of the program:

Note: KHC pays premiums for Texas Medicare part D plans only.

Tome nota: El Programa KHC paga las primas para los planes de la Parte D de Medicare de Texas solamente. 

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September 2007

Dialysis Rate Increase for Providers (27 KB PDF)

March 2007

Guide to your KHC Benefits / Guía a sus beneficios de KHC para medicamentos (97 KB PDF)

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July 2006

CMS Letter-Clarification of Special Enrollment Period (53 KB PDF)

January 2006

Changes to the Vendor Drug Program - Claims Processing System

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is moving to a new pharmacy claims system. The transition to the new claims system will begin on Dec. 31, 2005. The current claims processing system will end at 12:01 a.m. CST, Dec. 31, 2005. Beginning at noon CST on Dec. 31, 2005, the new claims processing system will be available for prescription drug claims. This change includes drug claims processing for Kidney Health Care and Children with Special Health Care Programs. Please see the Vendor Drug Program webpage for more detailed information about this system change: Texas Medicaid/CHIP Vendor Drug Program.

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March 2001

Elimination of Time Limits for Immunosuppressive Drugs Covered by Medicare

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Last updated March 16, 2015