What We Do

The Medicaid/CHIP Vendor Drug Program:

  • Enrolls pharmacy providers that want to provide Medicaid and CHIP services;
  • Manages the State of Texas Medicaid and CHIP formularies;
  • Processes out-patient pharmacy prescription claims for Medicaid fee-for-service, the Texas Women's Health Program, the DSHS Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, and the DSHS Kidney Health Care (KHC) program.

Continuing Education

Watch these multi-part guides to learn about dispensing Texas Medicaid prescriptions, DME, and pharmacy prior authorization:

training videos for pharmacists

Training videos for pharmacy staff 

Chapters include Obtaining a Prior Authorization, Dispensing a 72-hour emergency supply, Confirming eligibility, and Durable medical equipment.

training videos for physicians

Training videos for physicians

Chapters include Preferred Drug List, E-Prescribing (E-Rx), and 72-hour Emergency Prescription Claims.

News Highlights

2014-15 Synagis Season Begins

August 26, 2014

The 2014-15 respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season begins October 1, 2014.  Providers may begin requesting authorization September 1.  More about the 2014 Synagis season.

STAR+PLUS Expands Statewide September 1

August 21, 2014

On September 1, the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care program will expand to the Medicaid rural service areas and be available statewide.  More about the pharmacy resources available for this expansion.

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Products Available August 1

July 25, 2014

Beginning August 1, 2014, long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) products will be available as a pharmacy benefit of Texas Medicaid and Texas Women's Health Program.  More about LARC products.

Adjudication Changes for Dual Eligible Clients

July 18, 2014

VDP will update the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid pharmacy claim processing system for clients eligible for Medicare Part D.  More about the July 2014 changes for dual eligible clients.