The Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council is established by Government Code, Section 531.0051, to receive public input and advise the HHSC Executive Commissioner regarding the operation of the commission. The Executive Council reviews policies related to the operation of the Health and Human Services system and its programs.

Operation of the Executive Council is adopted in Title 1, Texas Administrative Code, Part 15, Chapter 351, Subchapter A, Section 351.4. The Executive Council seeks and receives public comment on:

  • proposed rules;
  • recommendations of advisory committees established under Title 1, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 351, Subchapter B, concerning Advisory Committees;
  • legislative appropriations request or other documents related to the appropriations process;
  • the operation of health and human services programs; and
  • other items the Executive Commissioner determines appropriate.

2019 Meeting Dates

  • Feb. 21, 2019
  • June. 27, 2019
  • Aug. 22, 2019
  • Nov. 14, 2019

Archived Meetings


  • Dr. Courtney N. Phillips, HHS Executive Commissioner
  • Cecile Young, HHSC Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner
  • Victoria Ford, HHSC Acting Chief Operating Officer/HHSC Chief Policy Officer
  • Sylvia Kauffman, HHSC Inspector General
  • Enrique Marquez, HHSC Chief Program and Services Officer
  • David Kostroun, HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner, Regulatory Services Division
  • Mike Maples, HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner, Health and Specialty Care System
  • H.L. Whitman, Jr., Commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Dr. John Hellerstedt, Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Barry Anderson, Grand Prairie, TX, Public Member
  • Carmen Pagan, McAllen, TX, Public Member
  • Dr. Ben G. Raimer, Galveston, TX, Public Member

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