The Texas Legislature has directed HHSC to report all payments made under the 1115 Waiver within 45 days of issuance beginning September 2015. Select the following link to view payment information: View the 1115 Waiver Payments
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month
The Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) system is working to raise awareness of mental health and the effect mental health has on the lives of all Texans.
May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and HHS agencies will take part in the 2016 Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Walk and Rally starting at 9 a.m., April 30 at the Texas State Capitol south steps, followed by a short march through downtown to Woolridge Square Park where local mental health providers and resources will be on hand to help connect attendees with available services. HHS agencies will also have booths set up in the Capitol throughout the month to provide mental health information to Texans. Read the news release
IG Integrity Initiative
The HHSC Inspector General has launched the IG Integrity Initiative, a new collaboration between the IG and Medicaid providers, managed care organizations and any individual or entity that receives Medicaid funding. The initiative will strengthen the effort to root out fraud, waste and abuse in Texas Medicaid by building a community policing framework structured on a statewide integrity network.
Newton County SNAP hot food waiver
FNS has approved a waiver to clients living in Newton County, due to the flooding and severe storms. SNAP food recipients that live in Newton County can buy ready-made hot food and products with SNAP food benefits through April 30, 2016.
HHS Executive Commissioner Announces New Leadership for Department of Family and Protective Services
Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor announced he has selected a former Texas Ranger to lead the Department of Family and Protective Services. Read the news release | Read the news release in Spanish
DFPS Commissioner Specia Stepping Down from Top Job
Judge John Specia Jr. today announced his intention to retire as Commissioner of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) effective May 31, 2016. Read the news release | Read the news release in Spanish
New website connects women to health services
The state has launched a new website, HealthyTexasWomen.com, a new one-stop hub created to help women find family planning programs and other state services. The new site, available in English and Spanish, connects women to programs for everything from general health care to breast and cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing to prenatal care, and smoking cessation to mental health treatment.
Opportunity to Comment on HHS Transformation
The process for transforming the Texas Health and Human Services System has started. A major component driving the transformation is public comment. Get details about transformation activities and how to provide comment on the transformation by visiting the HHS Transformation website.
Dr. John Hellerstedt Will Join DSHS as New Commissioner
Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor announced today Dr. John Hellerstedt is returning to the HHS system Jan. 1, this time as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. Read the news release | Read the news release in Spanish
HHSC Announces Managed Care Organization Contracts for STAR Kids Program
The Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) is pleased to announce that contracts for the STAR Kids program have been awarded to ten managed care organizations (MCOs), effective October 1, 2015.
For more information on the MCOs that were awarded contracts and the service areas where they will operate, please visit the STAR Kids webpage.
Medicaid Provider Re-enrollment Update
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the previous March 24, 2016 deadline for Medicaid provider re-enrollment is extended to Sept. 24, 2016. Though this extension gives states additional time to ensure providers comply with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requirements, Texas Medicaid encourages all providers who have not yet submitted a re-enrollment application to begin this process immediately to avoid potential payment disruptions.
For more information, visit the Provider Re-enrollment page.
Eat healthy. Save money.
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to plan meals or buy healthy foods on a budget. For help, check out our “Eat Healthy” web pages. These pages have tips for planning meals, shopping on a budget, and healthy recipes.
Savings ideas open for voting
A list of money-saving ideas from health and human services employees is available for public vote. Our agencies are looking at the suggestions to see which ones are the most feasible. Tell us your favorites.
Health and human services system strategic plan
The latest strategic plan for the state’s health and human services system includes each agency’s goals for 2015-2019.
You can report suspected waste, fraud or abuse in health and human services programs to the HHSC Office of Inspector General online or by calling the Integrity Line at 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor's Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.