Texas Health Steps Program

What is Texas Health Steps? What services does Texas Health Steps offer?
Texas Health Steps is the Medicaid health care program for children, teens and young adults, birth through 20.

How and when do I get Texas Health Steps medical and dental checkups for my child?
Dental checkups should start at 6 months of age. Dental checkups should be done every six months unless the dentist needs to see your child more often. You do not need a referral from your primary care provider. Children under 6 months of age can get dental services in an emergency. First Dental Home (FDH) is for children from age 6 months to 35 months.  To find a certified FDH provider call 1-877-847-8377

Medical checkups should be completed within the first 90 days of becoming an Aetna Better Health member. Getting regular medical Texas Health Steps medical checkups is important. Your doctor will need to know your child’s health history and will want to make sure kids are up to date on shots. You and your child’s doctor can make a plan for any future care that might be needed. 

Regular Texas Health Steps checkup for babies and toddlers are done within five days after leaving the hospital, and at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years and 2 1/2 years. 

For older children, an easy way to remember when Texas Health Steps medical checkups are due is to make sure it is scheduled no later than 60 days after their birthday.

  •  Children – 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years, 7 years, 8 years, 9 years, and 10 years
  •  Preteens, teens and young adults – 11 years, 12 years, 13 years, 14 years, 15 years, 16 years, 17 years 18 years, 19 years and 20 years 

Texas Health Steps will send a letter to let you know when your child or teen needs a Texas Health Steps medical or dental checkup. You can call us at the toll free number on your ID card to learn more on when checkups are due. 

For more information, see your member handbook or call 1-877-847-8377 (Texas Health Steps website).