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Texas Health Steps

Baby and Doctor

Texas Health Steps (THSteps), formerly known as Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program, is specifically a children's program under Texas Medicaid which provides medical and dental preventive care and treatment to Medicaid clients from birth to 20 years of age. THSteps assists eligible recipients and their parents or guardians to:

  • Find a qualified medical or dental provider enrolled in Medicaid
  • Set up appointments to see a doctor or dentist through THSteps Outreach
  • Arrange transportation or reimbursement for gas money to see a doctor or dentist
  • Answer questions about eligible services

If you would like additional information on THSteps please go to Texas Health Steps provider information to get additional details or changes that might affect your practice.

Preventive Care Medical Checkups and Services

Texas Health Steps provides medical checkups and preventive services for Medicaid client's. Services are provided by Medicaid enrolled Texas Health Steps providers and are based on the Texas Health Steps Periodicity Schedule. The Periodicity Schedule lists specific medical screening components for infants, children and youth and the various ages when they are required. Texas Health Steps medical checkups must include regularly scheduled examinations and screenings of the general physical and mental health, growth, development, and nutritional status of infants, children and youth. The following federal and state mandated components must be documented in order for the checkup to be considered complete:

  • Comprehensive health and developmental history, including physical and mental health development
  • Comprehensive unclothed physical examination
  • Immunizations appropriate for age and health history
  • Laboratory tests appropriate for age and risk, including lead toxicity at specific federally mandated ages
  • Health education including anticipatory guidance
  • Dental referral

Texas Health Steps Resources