How can my child get a Texas Health Steps checkup?
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.
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.
- 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.
If you have a child age 3 or younger who is disabled or developmentally delayed, call your child's doctor and ask about Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). Here's a list of ECI programs near you.
Visit the Parent Companion, First Five Years website for resources for parents of children birth to 5 years of age who have, or may have, a disability.
Texas Poison Center Network - If you think someone has been poisoned or have a question about a poison, you should contact the Texas Poison Center Network by calling 1-800-222-1222 for immediate assistance. If the person is unconscious, having difficulty breathing or having a seizure, you should dial 9-1-1.
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