Tribpedia: Health And Human Services Commission

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 of State Health Services, the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Before House Bill 2292 passed during the 78th Legislative Session in 2003, state health services were divided over 12 separate state agencies; the measure consolidated the services into five separate departments.

 

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The waiting room at Saenz Medical Center is filled with what Dr. Javier Saenz calls, “the usual Monday afternoon walk-in rush.” According to Saenz, the center sees an average of 100-120 patients a day, many of which live in the impoverished, rural areas of Starr and Hidalgo County.
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