TAHP Member Spotlight: Superior Celebrates 10 Years of STAR Health
Monday, April 2, 2018
Posted by: Dorrin Shams
Superior HealthPlan is commemorating an important milestone for STAR Health, a product designed to provide high-quality healthcare to children and youth in the Texas Foster Care program. The company became the first managed care organization in the country to offer these services, working with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), to launch the product on April 1, 2008.
“Children and youth in foster care have unique and complex healthcare needs,” said Cindy Adams, Superior’s Plan Product President of Complex Care Programs. “Prior to STAR Health, the healthcare these children received was fragmented, lacked continuity and had issues with the coordination of services. Our focus from day one has been to provide holistic healthcare to meet the needs of children and youth in the foster care system, and I am proud to say that we have done just that.”
For the past ten years, Superior has worked closely with DFPS, HHSC and community stakeholders to offer a fully integrated system of service delivery that includes physical, behavioral, dental, vision and pharmacy health benefits for children and youth in foster care. Superior currently has 32,000 members who receive these services through STAR Health.
Superior offers the program in all 254 Texas counties, and has been the sole provider of STAR Health since its inception. The company works with DFPS as well as a vast network of providers to offer quality healthcare, leading to a sharp increase in well child visits and a steady decrease in preventable events including visits to emergency rooms as well as asthma- and diabetes-related emergency events.
“The success of this program stems from Superior’s strong relationships with DFPS, HHSC, community partners and the many dedicated employees at Superior who truly care about our members,” said Lorraine Martinez, Executive Director of Foster Care Operations at Superior. “I am proud of the work we have done these past ten years and, most importantly, I know we will all continue our commitment to making sure children and youth in foster care receive the services they need to get well and stay well.”
For more details about STAR Health, visit www.FosterCareTX.com.