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HHS Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

March 31, 2020

Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have a new statewide support line available 24/7.

HHSC Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements for Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis

March 28, 2020

Texas HHS announced SNAP and Medicaid benefit renewals currently due will automatically be renewed so existing clients can maintain continuity of coverage during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

HHSC Takes Steps to Protect Denton SSLC Residents, Staff and Community with On-Site EMS Resources

March 27, 2020

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is taking additional steps to protect residents and staff of the Denton State Supported Living Center and the surrounding community, and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Texans Urged to Use 2-1-1 Texas for COVID-19 Information and Referrals

March 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans who need to submit benefit applications and other paperwork are encouraged to submit online at YourTexasBenefits.com.

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Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

Governor Abbott Announces Approval Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

March 31, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has approved the Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver submitted by the HHSC. This approval grants Texas flexibility in administering Medicaid while the state continues to respond to COVID-19.

Governor Abbott Announces HHSC Request Of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

Governor Abbott Announces HHSC Request of 1135 Medicaid Waiver

March 26, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott announced that the HHSC has submitted a Section 1135 Medicaid Waiver to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. If approved, this would grant Texas flexibility in administering Medicaid while the state continues to respond to COVID-19.

Gov. Abbott Announces Temporary Waiver for Hospitals to Increase Unused Bed Capacity

March 17, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a temporary waiver for hospitals to increase unused bed capacity without submitting an application or associated fees. This precautionary measure will help ensure Texas hospitals across the state have adequate care capacity for patients. 

New Long-Term Care Facilities Council Meeting

New Long-Term Care Facilities Council Meeting

February 27, 2020

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is hosting its first meeting of the new Long-term Care Facilities Council.