STAR Complaints and Appeals Process

Filing a Complaint

If you have a complaint, please call us toll-free at 1-800-431-7798 to tell us about your problem. A FirstCare Member Services Advocate can help you file a complaint. Most of the time, we can help you right away or, at the most, within a few days.

This document contains information on how to make a complaint or file an appeal if you are a STAR Medicaid plan member.

If you don’t get the help you need from FirstCare, you should do one of the following:
  • Call the Medicaid Managed Care Helpline at 1-866-566-8989 (toll-free).
  • Email your complaint to  
  • Write to: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
                  Office of the Ombudsman, MC H-700
                  P.O. Box 13247
                  Austin, TX 78711-3247
  • Fax 1-806-784-4319 (toll-tree)

Fair Hearing

You may ask for a Fair Hearing only after exhausting FirstCare’s Internal Appeal process. If you do not agree with FirstCare's decision, you may ask for a Fair Hearing from the State. You have 120 days from the date on the letter to request a Fair Hearing.
You can request a Fair Hearing by contacting FirstCare STAR at 1-800-431-7798.
If you would like to make your request in writing, please write:
FirstCare Health Plans
Attn: Complaints and Appeals Department
12940 N Hwy 183 
Austin, TX 78750
You do not have a right to a Fair Hearing if Medicaid does not cover the service you requested.

Call 1-800-431-7798 if you need any help.


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Call FirstCare STAR Customer Service at 1-800-431-7798. 

We're open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding state approved holidays. If you call after hours, please leave us a message. We return all calls the next business day.
Our Customer Service Representatives speak both English and Spanish. If you speak another language, we can connect you with an interpreter. You can get information in larger print, audio (CD), braille, or in any other language format, if needed. For help, call FirstCare STAR Customer Service at 1-800-431-7798.

Members with hearing loss can call the Relay Texas number 711. Relay Texas is a free telephone interpreting service to help people with hearing or speech disabilities.


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Need care advice? Should you see a doctor? FirstCare members can talk to a nurse by calling 1-855-828-1013. Get answers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Information is available in English and Spanish. Interpreter services available upon request. TTY users can call 711 or 1-800-955-8771. Voice communication is available at 1-800-955-8770.

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Ever wonder how we decide to authorize services? Our decisions are based on medical evidence and consensus of health care professionals. For more details, click here.

Helpful Links and Phone Numbers

Texas MedicaidInformation and Referral:
2-1-1 or 1-877-541-7905
Enrollment Helpline: 1-800-964-2777
TTY: 1-800-735-2989 
Texas Health Steps (THSteps)Health care for children, birth through age 20, who have Medicaid
1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSTEPS)
MCNA Dental (Medicaid)Medicaid & CHIP dental plan for Texas
TTY: 1-800-955-8771
DentaQuest (Medicaid)Medicaid & CHIP dental plan for Texas
TTY: 1-800-855-2880
United DentalMedicaid & CHIP dental plan for Texas
TTY: 711
Liberty Dental (Medicaid)Dental services for Medicaid STAR pregnant women age 21 and over
Navitus Health SolutionsFirstCare’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager 
TTY: 711
OCCC Financial Literacy Information1-800-538-1579

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