Tribpedia: Health And Human Services Commission

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission, with its $16 billion annual budget and 9,300 employees, administers and determines eligibility for programs for underprivileged Texans, including Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The commission oversees the four other state health agencies, including the Department of Aging and Disability Services, the Department ...

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Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.
Tiger Whitehead and his children Logic and Domnick, who use SNAP and the the Sustainable Food Center Farmer's Market double dollars coupons, shopping at the Tuesday afternoon Farmer's Market at 2835 East MLK Blvd., Austin, Texas, on March 19, 2013.

Nutrition Benefits a Mixed Bag for Farmers Markets

About 50 farmers markets around the state take SNAP benefits, WIC benefits or both. The programs are not well utilized, but proponents say it is important to provide as many healthy food options as possible for Texans who use nutrition benefits.

Interactive: Economic Impact of Medicaid Expansion

It's politically unpopular among most Texas Republicans — and Gov. Rick Perry has vowed not to do it — but proposals to expand Medicaid coverage to more poor adults have gained traction with some fiscal conservatives who argue the economic benefits could outweigh the backlash. This interactive shows the estimated economic impact of expanding Medicaid by House and Senate district. 

 

 

State Sen. Tommy Williams on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.
State Sen. Tommy Williams on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.

Senate Finance Committee Tackles Health Budget

The Senate Finance Committee opened its discussion on how to finance the state's health budget on Wednesday by considering the impact of cost containment initiatives passed last session, how to proactively curb Medicaid fraud and ways to address the costs associated with federal health care reforms.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, outline proposals to reduce Medicaid spending in Texas at a press conference on Jan. 16, 2013.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, outline proposals to reduce Medicaid spending in Texas at a press conference on Jan. 16, 2013.

Dewhurst, Nelson Tout Proposals to Curb Medicaid Costs

The Texas Senate on Wednesday released proposals to bring down spending on Texas Medicaid, the state’s health program for the poor, by instituting quality-based payment reforms for long-term care services and measures to catch Medicaid fraud and abuse.

Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.
Nicole Griffis, nurse practitioner, consults with a patient at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas.

HHSC: New Women's Health Program Has Enough Providers

The Health and Human Services Commission on Monday said a new survey it commissioned shows the Texas Women’s Health Program has a greater capacity to serve impoverished women than its predecessor, a joint state-federal program that ended after the state moved to exclude clinics affiliated with abortion providers. 

Protesters on March 6, 2012, rallying at the Capitol against the likely demise of the state's Women's Health Program.
Protesters on March 6, 2012, rallying at the Capitol against the likely demise of the state's Women's Health Program.

Feds: TX Women's Health Program Funding Ends Dec. 31

The federal government will halt funding for Texas’ Women’s Health Program on Dec. 31, the country’s Medicaid director wrote in a letter to state health officials the day after her boss, President Obama, was re-elected.

Jack Stick resigned last week as top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Jack Stick resigned last week as top lawyer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

HHSC Deputy Inspector General Arrested on DWI Charge

Jack Stick, a former Austin state representative, past municipal judge and current deputy inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, was arrested Sept. 11 and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to incident reports obtained from the Austin Police Department.

Texas Health and Human Services commissioner Kyle Janek (center) with deputy commissioner Chris Traylor and moderator Emily Ramshaw in a discussion of the future of state health policy at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.
Texas Health and Human Services commissioner Kyle Janek (center) with deputy commissioner Chris Traylor and moderator Emily Ramshaw in a discussion of the future of state health policy at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 22, 2012.

Janek's Scrutiny of Uninsured Stats Draws Critics

Texas Weekly

At The Texas Tribune Festival, Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek made what to some health care observers was a startling suggestion: that the Census Bureau’s projection that a quarter of Texans are uninsured is inflated.