Local Nonprofit Selected as STAR Kids Program Managed Care Organization

Local Nonprofit Selected as STAR Kids Program Managed Care Organization
San Antonio’s only nonprofit health plan to serve local children on Medicaid

San Antonio—Community First Health Plans, San Antonio’s only local nonprofit health plan provider, has been chosen to serve as a managed care organization for the STAR Kids Program in the Bexar County service delivery area.

“We are excited with the announcement. As the largest Medicaid and CHIP health plan in the Bexar service delivery area, this allows us to serve even more of the San Antonio community,” said Greg Gieseman, president and CEO of Community First Health Plans. “We want to ensure that all children in our community have their health taken care of and help ease parents’ worries about paying for a child who may have disabilities.”

STAR Kids will be the first Medicaid managed care program tailored to the needs of youth and children with disabilities. The program provides benefits such as prescription drugs, hospital care, primary and specialty care, medical equipment and supplies and more to qualified children and youth.

Through STAR Kids, families are provided with coordinated care to help identify their child’s needs and connect members to services and qualified providers. Community First Health Plans will be one of San Antonio’s health plans to assess families’ service needs and create their individual service plans.

“Being able to serve our member families through the STAR Kids program allows us better care for children and families who may not know where to turn for their healthcare needs,” Gieseman said. “Community First wants to ensure that all children in our community have access to quality medical care they need.”

The STAR Kids program is set to begin in the Fall of 2016. Interested families wanting to look into Community First Health Plans services can visit www.communityfirsthealth.org or call 210-227-2347.

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