Quick Course

Texas Medicaid Outpatient
Pharmacy Benefits

The Texas Health and Human Services Vendor Drug Program (VDP) oversees the outpatient pharmacy program for children and adults enrolled in:

  • Fee-for-service (FFS) Medicaid, including Texas Health Steps
  • Medicaid managed care, including STAR, STAR+PLUS, STAR Health, and STAR Kids
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs program
  • Healthy Texas Women program
  • Kidney Health Care program

In the next few minutes, you will learn the basics of using the VDP formulary and Preferred Drug List, determining whether prior authorization is required before a prescription can be dispensed, and completing the prior authorization process. Your knowledge will help ensure that patients can receive their medications without delay or complication.