Extra Help for Parents or Legally Authorized Representatives (LARs): Respite Care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) offers a respite care Value-Added Service (VAS) for STAR Kids members in the Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP). Respite care provides temporary relief for parents or LARs who are caring for a child with special needs.

BCBSTX offers 8 hours of care a month. You must work with your child’s service coordinator to get the respite care VAS. This VAS is in addition to your child’s covered benefit of respite services.

Note: You must be current on your service coordination plan to be eligible. In addition, respite providers must be willing to bill BCBSTX with an invoice for BCBSTX to cover this cost. This service is limited to day time 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time. It is not intended for overnight use.

Value-Added Services may have restrictions and limitations. For a complete list of limitations, please refer to the Member Handbook or the Value-Added Services brochure.