December 10, 2019

Following a competitive procurement, HHSC has awarded contracts to the following managed care organizations in the corresponding service areas for the STAR+PLUS product. This will be for an initial contract term of 3 years and anticipated to have an operational effective date of September 1, 2020.

  • Harris service area: Aetna, Amerigroup, United Health Care
  • Hidalgo service area: Aetna, Molina Inc., Superior
  • Dallas service area: Aetna, Amerigroup, Superior
  • Bexar service area: Aetna, Amerigroup, Superior
  • North East service area: Molina Co., United Health Care
  • Tarrant service area: Amerigroup, United Health Care
  • West service area: Superior, United Health Care
  • Central service area: Superior, United Health Care
  • Travis service area: Superior, United Health Care
  • El Paso service area: El Paso Health, Superior
  • Nueces service area: Superior, United Health Care
  • Jefferson service area: Amerigroup, United Health Care
  • Lubbock service area: Superior, United Health Care

STAR+PLUS is a Texas Medicaid Managed Care program integrating the delivery of Acute Care services and Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) for people who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. The STAR+PLUS Program operates under authority granted in Section 1115 of the Social Security Act as part of a demonstration project and Section 1915 of the Social Security Act as part of the Texas § 1915 (c) waivers which allows states to expand the Medicaid managed care delivery system statewide and provide home and community-based services under a Medicaid managed care model. The STAR+PLUS Program operates under authority granted in Section 1115 of the Social Security Act as part of a demonstration project and Section 1915 of the Social Security Act as part of the Texas § 1915 (c) waivers which allows states to expand the Medicaid managed care delivery system statewide and provide home and community-based services under a Medicaid managed care model. STAR+PLUS began in 1998 as a Medicaid pilot project in Harris County and expanded to a statewide program in 2015. As of April 2019, STAR+PLUS Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) served 525,316 members statewide.

The contracts are fully executed and the award notices can be seen on Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD). To be considered timely under HHSC’s administrative rules, 1 T.A.C. §391.405, any protest concerning the evaluation or award must be filed no later than 10 business days after the December 10, 2019 notice of award.