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.

Donate $1 to the BEST Program When You Renew Your ID

February 25, 2020

When Texans renew or apply for their driver’s license or ID, they can donate to HHS’ Blindness Education, Screening and Treatment program.

Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Seeking Entries

Mental Health Creative Arts Contest Seeking Entries

February 14, 2020

The 2020 Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest is accepting entries for original artwork, writing and photography.

HHS offices in several counties are closed

Weather-related Office Closures

February 5, 2020

Due to inclement weather conditions impacting areas of the state, HHS offices in several counties are closed today.

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman

Become a Volunteer Long-Term Care Ombudsman

February 5, 2020

Long-term care ombudsman programs engage volunteers to work alongside staff ombudsmen to protect the health, safety, welfare and rights of residents of nursing and assisted living facilities.

Texas is Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Texas is Monitoring Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

January 24, 2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the developing outbreak.

New employees of Lufkin SSLC practice under the guidance of faculty and students from Stephen F. Austin University on how to guide people with visual impairment across the center’s campus.

Lufkin SSLC, Stephen F. Austin State University Team Up to Provide Training

January 21, 2020

Lufkin State Supported Living Center provides training for new direct support staff to assist residents who are blind or have visual impairment.