September-October 2016

New Health and Human Services structure in place effective Sept.1

Sept. 1 is a significant milestone in the Health and Human Services transformation journey. It marks the first day in the streamlined structure that groups like programs and services from DADS, DARS and DSHS under HHSC.

The new Medical and Social Services team

The team is in place to guide the new Medical and Social Services division and will serve under Deputy Executive Commissioner Gary Jessee, who will head the division. The division will be the largest part of the transformed agency when it begins operations Sept. 1.

Texas becomes first state to issue standing order for mosquito repellent to fight Zika

Eligible Texas women on Medicaid can go straight to their pharmacist to pick up mosquito repellent, Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today. Texas Medicaid has issued a standing order for mosquito repellent prescriptions for women who are between the ages of 10 and 45 or pregnant. 

New HHS website to reflect transformed system

Texans are going to have a new and improved tool to gather information and gain access to health services. As the organizational structure of Texas Health and Human Services begins to transform on Sept. 1, the HHS system's online presence will begin changing, too.

Commissioner Smith thanks advisory council for service

The Health and Human Services Advisory Council held its final meeting on Aug. 19, but its legacy will remain with the system, Executive Commissioner Charles Smith told members in the Brown-Heatly Building's Public Hearing Room in Austin.

HHSC announces new senior staff appointments

Executive Commissioner Charles Smith today announced July 15 key additions to the Health and Human Services leadership team who will help guide the Health and Human Services Commission through its transformation into a more efficient and responsive agency.

STAR Kids starts Nov. 1, providers should sign up with health plans

Texas children 20 and younger with disabilities will move into the STAR Kids managed care program Nov. 1 and HHSC is working to make the transition as smooth as possible for providers and clients.  

HIPP program reaching out to help families

An HHSC program that pays employer- sponsored health insurance premiums for families with one or more Medicaid-eligible clients is working to reach more people and streamline its application process.

New Healthy Texas Women program offers expanded healthcare coverage and services

Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound on July 25 to announce an extensive outreach campaign to focus awareness on the state’s new Healthy Texas Women program which will deliver more care to more Texas women statewide.