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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 4 Texas Health Steps (THSteps) Dental

Medicaid dental services rules are described under Title 25 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Part 1, Chapter 33. The online version of TAC is available at the Secretary of State’s website at All dental providers must comply with the rules and regulations of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE), including standards for documentation and record maintenance as stated in 22 TAC §108.7, Minimum Standard of Care, General, and §108.8, Records of the Dentist.
THSteps dental benefits are administered as Children’s Medicaid Dental Services by dental managed care organizations for most Medicaid fee-for-service and managed care clients who are 20 years of age and younger.
Refer to:
The Medicaid Managed Care Handbook (Vol. 2, Provider Handbooks) or to the HHSC website at, for additional information about children’s Medicaid dental Services.
Under the Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) regulation, known in Texas as Texas Health Steps (THSteps), Section 1905(r) of the Social Security Act mandates that all Medicaid eligible beneficiaries who are birth through 20 years of age receive medically necessary services to treat, correct, and ameliorate illnesses and conditions identified if the service is covered in the state’s Medicaid plan or is an optional Medicaid service. It is the responsibility of the state to determine medical necessity on a case-specific basis. No arbitrary limitations on services are allowed (e.g., one pair of eyeglasses or 10 therapy sessions per year) if determined to be medically necessary.
Services not covered under this section include:
All EPSDT requirements must be adhered to for beneficiaries who receive services under managed care arrangements.

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