New Member Information
After you enroll in the BCBSTX STAR Kids plan, BCBSTX will send your child's new member materials in the mail. You should expect the following:
After your child is enrolled, we will give you a BCBSTX ID card. Keep this ID card with you at all times.
When you go to your doctor, hospital or other provider, show your BCBSTX ID card. It has the following information:
- Your child's name
- Your child's member ID number
- Your child's Medicaid number
- The date your child's coverage starts
- The name of the PCP you have selected, a default PCP if you have not selected a PCP, or one of the categories: Dual Eligible or Commercial PCP
After you get your child's ID card, you'll get your welcome kit. It includes the Member Handbook. You'll also get brochures on our transportation services and our value-added services. These handbooks tell you everything you'll need to know about the BCBSTX STAR Kids program.
If you do not receive a welcome kit, please call customer service at 1-877-688-1811 (TTY 7-1-1). We'll send out a replacement. We can also provide your kit in another language other than English or another format, such as Braille, CD or large print. We will send you this information in your preferred format for free.
Member Programs and Resources
We want you to have access to resources that can help your child to meet health goals. That's why we offer the following programs.
- Member Advisory Group — Each quarter, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) holds a Member Advisory Group (MAG) Meeting so that we can find out how we can serve you better. If you would like to come and share your ideas with BCBSTX staff and community partners on what you like about your plan benefits or where we can do better, please contact the STAR Kids member advocate in your area for details. For the Travis Service Area call toll-free at 1-877-375-9097, or in MRSA Central call 1-855-497-0857; TTY at 7-1-1. Find a MAG meeting.
- 24/7 Nurse Hotline — If you have questions, our nurses have answers. This help line is staffed 24 hours a day with registered nurses who can help you get answers to your health questions. If an unexpected medical situation arises, a nurse can help you decide if you should call your doctor, visit the ER or urgent care, or treat the problem yourself. You can call 1-855-802-4614 (TTY 7-1-1) to access the Nurse Hotline.
- Aunt Bertha – This website helps you find the resources you need for food, housing, legal issues, financial issues and more. Find programs, connect to services and apply for assistance.
Get Ready for a Disaster
Natural and man-made disasters can occur at any time and it is important to be prepared. Use the tools below to make sure you and your family are ready when a disaster hits.
- Register with the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR) . If you or your child have a disability or medical condition that would require extra help during a disaster, you should register with STEAR. You can register online or call 2-1-1.
- Family Emergency Communication Plan – Create a plan ahead of time to make sure you and your family know what to do and where to go when a disaster hits.
- Emergency Supply List – Make an emergency supply kit now to make sure you have the basic supplies needed during a disaster.