STAR Kids begins November 1

May 2, 2016: STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program specifically serving youth and children who get disability-related Medicaid. Beginning November 1, 2016, children and youth age 20 or younger will receive all of their services, including prescription benefits, through a STAR Kids health plan. 10 managed care organizations will participate in the STAR Kids program.  VDP's pharmacy resources for managed care will be updated closer to implementation.  More about STAR Kids.

Consolidation of Fee-For-Service Pharmacy Payment Files

Jul. 11, 2016: Beginning September 1, 2016, pharmacy providers will receive a consolidated payment and remittance advice for Medicaid, the Kidney Health Care Program, or Children with Special Health Care Needs Services Program.  More about the consolidated VDP payment notice

What We Do

The Texas Vendor Drug Program:

  • Enrolls pharmacy providers that want to provide Medicaid and CHIP services;
  • Manages the Texas Medicaid and CHIP formularies;
  • Processes out-patient pharmacy prescription claims for Medicaid fee-for-service, the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Services Program, Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Program, and 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

STAR Kids starts Nov. 1; Pharmacies should sign up with health plans

May 2, 2016:

STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program specifically serving youth and children who get disability-related Medicaid. Beginning November 1, 2016, children and youth age 20 or younger will receive all of their services, including prescription benefits, through a STAR Kids health plan. 10 managed care organizations will participate in the STAR Kids program.  VDP's pharmacy resources for managed care will be updated closer to implementation.  More about STAR Kids.

Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substance Allowed In Texas

October 26, 2015

Over 85 percent of Texas pharmacies have the capability for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) prescriptions. Unfortunately, less than 3 percent of Texas prescribers are using EPCS. More about HHSC's state-wide EPCS campaign.