Texas Health Steps

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How can my child get a Texas Health Steps checkup?

  • If your child needs medical and dental care that Medicaid provides and is not getting that care, visit the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) website about getting your child enrolled in Medicaid.
  • Call your doctor, nurse, dentist, or case manager and ask for a Texas Health Steps checkup for your child.
  • If you need help finding a doctor, dentist, or case manager, call toll-free 1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSTEPS), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Texas Health Steps will answer any questions you have about the services your child can get.
  • You can also call the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Texas Health Steps Regional Office near where you live by visiting the Regions page of this web site. 

Need a ride?

If you need a ride to get to your child’s checkup, call us toll-free:

  • Houston / Beaumont area: 1-855-687-4786.
  • Dallas / Ft. Worth area: 1-855-687-3255.
  • All other areas: 1-877-633-8747 (1-877-MED-TRIP).

What can my child get from Texas Health Steps?

Medical and dental checkups and case management.

When is the right time for a Texas Health Steps checkup?

Texas Health Steps will send you a letter when your child is due for a medical or dental checkup.  

Checkup ages:

  • Babies and toddlers: Up to 5 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, and 2, 2½, 3, 4, and 5 years.
  • Older children: 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 years.
  • Preteens, teens, and young adults: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20 years.

Where can my child get a Texas Health Steps checkup?

Doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and dentists give Texas Health Steps checkups in clinics, private offices, and other places. For children with special health care needs, case managers (nurses or social workers) may visit clients at home to plan for special health care services. For more information about these services, visit the Children With Special Health Care Needs or the Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women websites.

Who can get Texas Health Steps?

Babies, children, teens, and young adults from birth through 20 years of age who have Medicaid can get Texas Health Steps.

Why are Texas Health Steps checkups important?

  • Checkups help find health problems even when your child is feeling okay, and can help prevent health problems that can make it hard for your child to grow and learn like other children their age.
  • Dental checkups help your child have a healthy smile.

Go to MyChildrensMedicaid.org to learn more about Medicaid and Texas Health Steps.

Link to the HHSC website for more information.


DSHS Child Passenger Safety

DSHS Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

HHSC Your Texas Benefits Medicaid Card Frequently Asked Questions


 Texas Infant, Toddler, and Three-Year-Old Early Learning Guidelines - http://earlylearningtexas.org/itelg.aspx

The Texas Early Childhood Program Standards Comparison Tool is a searchable database of early childhood program standards by topic - http://thssco.uth.tmc.edu/comparisontool

Texas Early Learning Council Resources for Parents and Families - http://earlylearningtexas.org/resources-for-parents-families.aspx


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

 

Last updated April 07, 2014