How to Choose a Doctor or Dentist

If your child is in STAR, STAR+PLUS, or STAR Health, you pick a medical plan and a dental plan. From those plans, you pick a main doctor and a main dentist. The main doctor you pick will be your child’s primary care provider. By going to this doctor each time your child has a checkup or gets sick, the doctor and staff will come to know your child and keep records on your child’s medical history. Your child’s main doctor will become the first person you call for anything related to your child’s health care. If you want to change your child's main doctor, call your health plan

In much the same way, the main dentist you choose will be the dentist that provides most of the Medicaid dental services andcheckups your child gets.

Not all Medicaid doctors can do Texas Health Steps checkups. If you are picking your child’s main doctor, it makes sense to ask if the doctor can do Texas Health Steps checkups. You can call toll-free 1-877-847-8377 to get help finding a doctor who does Texas Health Steps checkups. 

In much the same way, the main dentist you choose will be the dentist that provides most of the Medicaid dental services and checkups your child gets. 

If your child is NOT in STAR, STAR+PLUS, or STAR Health and you need to find a Medicaid doctor or dentist, use the Online Provider Lookup to find those that are in your area. You will need to know what type of Medicaid your child has and the name of your county or your ZIP code.