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By providing a broad range of services to keep Texans healthy, Texas Health and Human Services employees are not only ensuring direct services are provided to those who qualify, but helping to improve the overall health of all Texans.

Clinics, Health Organizations and Resource Centers

HHS works with federally qualified health clinics, medical associations, community partners and local governments to help clients find the health care they need.

Food and Fitness

How well we take care of ourselves before we need medical services can make for a higher quality of independence and wellness. We offer tips on exercise, cooking healthy meals on a budget, nutrition and weight management.

  • Eat Healthy has tips for fixing nutritious meals and saving money.
  • Texercise provides a fun, practical way to start looking and feeling your best through exercise.

Foster Care

Former Foster Care Children can qualify for health care services through Medicaid until they are 26.

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program help cover medical expenses for children, some adults and people with disabilities who meet income requirements. Most services are delivered through providers called managed care organizations.

  • Children's Health Insurance Program is low-cost or free health coverage for children without health insurance.
  • Children's Medicaid covers services needed to keep kids healthy. It is for people 18 and younger healthy who come from families with little or no money.
  • Long-term care Medicaid is available to some people who are older or who have a disability.
  • Medicaid might be available to adults who are caring for a child.
  • The Medicaid Buy-In program offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports — to individuals with disabilities who work.

Medicare

The Health Information, Counseling and Advocacy Program can help you enroll in Medicare, find information and provide counseling about your options.

Palliative Care

Palliative care comes into play when a life-changing or serious illness alters your quality of life. When you have a serious illness, the support of your medical team, family and friends makes a difference. 

Prevention

The easiest way to treat a disease is stop it before it starts. Understanding how to avoid a possible chronic condition is essential. Prevention is an effective path to improving Texans' lives.

  • Immunization Unit provides information for families and medical providers about the benefits of immunizations and which ones are recommended at different life stages.
  • Medicaid Wellness Program has nurses who can answer questions day or night. The nurses also can help participants find a doctor, manage their health and understand how to take their medications.

Women and Children

HHS provides services health care services to Texas women, such as preventing unintended pregnancies, nurturing healthier pregnancies, fighting domestic violence, and taking care of children. Texans also can apply for insurance for their children through Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid (see the links above).

  • Alternatives to Abortion program provides low-income pregnancy women with pregnancy and parenting information and supports.
  • Healthy Texas Women offers women’s health and family planning services at no cost to eligible, low-income women such as woman’s health exams, health screenings, and birth control. They also provide breast and cervical cancer screening to qualified women.
  • Texas Pregnancy Care Network providers can offer support, referrals to community resources, counseling and mentoring.
  • Women, Infants and Children Program is a health and nutrition program that help improve the diets of infants and children as well as pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women.