In this issue:
Rise of YourTexasBenefits.com aids clients and workers
According to the old adage, timing is everything.
Stephanie Muth, HHSC’s deputy executive commissioner for the Office of Social Services can certainly attest to that. At a time when more Texans than ever are accessing state benefits such as TANF, SNAP food benefits and Medicaid services, the emergence of the YourTexasBenefits.com website is providing a much-needed dose of efficiency for eligibility workers who process applications and help keep benefit cases up to date.
[More on YourTexasBenefits]
Website usage increases as Community Partner Program grows
A growing number of families are using the Internet to apply for state benefits through the YourTexasBenefits.com website, thanks in part to the statewide expansion of HHSC’s Community Partner Program. HHSC launched the program in early 2012 with the goal of forming a statewide network of community-based organizations that would help Texans apply for, and manage their HHSC benefits cases online.
[More on Community Partner Program]
Three Appointed to Health and Human Services Council
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Health and Human Services Council for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2019.
[More on HHS Council]
New website helps parents learn about Medicaid, Texas Health Steps benefits
Ever wonder what the relationship is between Children’s Medicaid and Texas Health Steps?
Parents of children with Medicaid coverage now have an online resource where they can learn about their kids’ Medicaid coverage and how Medicaid and Texas Health Steps work together to keep kids healthy.
[More on Children's Medicaid website]
Rider 24 report provides details of prescription drug rebate programs
HHSC collected more than $5.3 billion dollars in prescription drug rebates for the last five calendar years according to a report released to the Texas Legislature in February.
[More on Rider 24 report]
Update: HHSC Stakeholder Forum Rescheduled
New Date: Monday, June 17
2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time
Agenda | Contact
Phone in to join HHSC Stakeholder Forum
HHSC will host its stakeholder forum on Monday, June 17, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Anyone who would like to participate can fill out the online registration form before 5 p.m. June 14. HHSC will send you an email with instructions for how to access the June 17 stakeholder forum conference call. Participation in the conference call is limited to the first 120 people who register. Because of this limit, please coordinate and register one person for each group or office.
If you have questions, please send them to John Livingston, HHSC Office of Community Access, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751-2316. You also can call 512-206-5624 or email John.Livingston@
A link to the March forum agenda is at the top of this column.
Jog Your Memory
One of the great things about the Internet is that you can access articles you read in previous editions of In Touch.