Phone Scam Targeting HHSC Clients
HHSC is warning the public about a scam involving a toll-free number no longer owned by HHSC. People who call the number, 1-800-248-1078, are offered gift cards or other rewards in exchange for their credit card information.
HHSC never asks for credit card information over the phone.
HHSC is asking its stakeholders to warn people they work with not to call the outdated number. Anyone who has given their credit card information over the phone while talking to someone who claims to be from HHSC should call the police and contact the Office of the Attorney General.
HHSC Accepting Applications for the Medical Care Advisory Committee
HHSC is accepting applications and seeking nominations for the Managed Care Representative on the Medical Care Advisory Committee, which advises the State Medicaid Director on policies regarding Medicaid eligibility, medical services, and administrative policies. For more information, visit the MCAC web page. The deadline for applications and nominations is September 9, 2015.
State Launches New Website to Help Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs
The Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs, supported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, has launched a new website — NavigateLifeTexas.org — to help families who have children with disabilities and special health care needs. The site is available in English and Spanish. More on the new website.
New app makes managing benefits easier
The Your Texas Benefits app is for people who get or applied for SNAP food benefits, Medicaid, CHIP, and TANF cash help. The app can be used to check case status and to take photos of forms and send them to the state. Read news release.
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.
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.
Electronic Health Record Ad Hoc Review Panel Accepting Applications
HHSC is seeking candidates for the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Ad Hoc Review panel. Ideal candidates would be familiar with EHR systems and the EHR Incentive Program. Responsibilities include reviewing materials related to the processes regarding Medicaid EHR incentive payments. Panel members will participate in discussions and provide recommendations to HHSC regarding the materials reviewed. Work is estimated to take up to 5 hours a month and meetings will be conducted by web or phone. All positions are voluntary. The term for serving on the panel is one year. Interested candidates should complete and submit an application.
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 800-436-6184. You may also make a report to the Texas State Auditor's Office by calling 800-TX-AUDIT.