Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects your lungs. Asthma can cause wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. During an asthma attack, the lungs become irritated and inflamed, making it difficult to breathe.

In 2018, Medicaid paid for 63 percent of total child asthma emergency department visits
in Texas. In 2019, asthma was the:

  • Second most cited reason for a STAR and CHIP potentially preventable admission (PPA).
  • Fourth most cited reason for a STAR Health PPA, and ninth most cited reason for a STAR Kids PPA.
  • Seventeenth most cited reason for a CHIP potentially preventable emergency department visit (PPV), 20th most cited reason for a STAR and STAR Kids PPV, and 25th most cited reason for a Star Health PPV.

Providers may reference the DSHS Asthma Control Program as well as other Asthma-related resources at

For more information, please contact Provider Relations at or by phone at (210) 358-6030.

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