STAR Kids Managed Care Advisory Committee

Background and Purpose

The STAR Kids Managed Care Advisory Committee, created by Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Texas Legislature (Regular Session), advises HHSC on the establishment and implementation of the STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program. The STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program is legislatively mandated to provide services for children with disabilities who have Medicaid coverage to improve coordination and customization of care, access to care, health outcomes,  cost containment and quality of care. The STAR Kids model must require a health home, care management, and provide comprehensive coordination of acute care and long-term service benefits.


  • Elizabeth Tucker (presiding chair), Austin, Every Child, Inc.
  • Rahel Berhane, Austin, pediatrician with Seton Health Care
  • Ernest Buck, Corpus Christi, Driscoll Health Plan
  • Rosabla Calleros , Austin, Texas Parent to Parent
  • Catherine Carlton, Arlington, MHMR of Tarrant County
  • Jeanne Hines, Port Arthur, Educational Diagnostician
  • Tara Hopkins, Austin, DentaQuest
  • Diane Kearns, Austin, parent
  • Stacey Mather, Austin, family member
  • Glen Medellin, San Antonio, The University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Holly Munin, Austin, Superior Health Plan
  • David Reimer, Dallas, Epic Health Services, Inc.
  • Blake Smith, Denison, Steps2Strides Therapy Center
  • Denise Sonleitner, Austin, parent
  • Angela Trahan, Houston, United Healthcare Community Plan
  • Rebecca White, Baytown, mother of child with disabilities

Meeting Dates

  • January 16, 2019
  • April 17, 2019
  • August 14, 2019
  • December 11, 2019


Information related to the Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP)


September 10, 2014

More Information

Advisory Committee Coordinator
Michelle Thomas

Past Events

January 16, 2019

June 25, 2018

May 4, 2018

April 30, 2018

March 19, 2018