Upcoming Conference
Anchorage, October 6, 2022

Governor Abbott, HHSC announce $210 million in federal emergency funding for behavioral health services

| Jul 14, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is receiving more than $210 million in federal emergency grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for mental health and substance use disorder services to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The State of Texas...[ Read More ]

Democrats file bills to expand Medicaid during Texas's special session

| Jul 12, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s special session kicked off Thursday, and Republicans -- led by Gov. Greg Abbott -- are planning to push through several of Abbott’s stalled priority bills including legislation on voting regulations, abortion restrictions, and critical race theory. However, Democrats are using the opportunity to continue their calls for Texas to...[ Read More ]

Groups urge Abbott to add nursing bills to special session agenda

| Jul 1, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s special session starts next week, and nursing organizations are urging Gov. Greg Abbott to put pro-nurse legislation on the agenda. In a letter sent to Gov Greg Abbott on Thursday, Texas Nurse Practitioners and the Texas Nurses Association called on the governor to include the removal of practice restrictions,...[ Read More ]

Permitless carry and mental health in Texas

| Jun 16, 2021 | Texas

Texas’s recently passed bill allowing the unlicensed carrying of firearms made national headlines when it passed its second chamber last month, prompting outcry from individuals concerned about endangering the public. Aside from public safety, some opponents of the bill say the soon-to-be-legalized “constitutional carry” initiative may worsen many Texans’ already...[ Read More ]

Governor Abbott, HHSC Announce $2.5 Billion In Pandemic Food Benefits For Texas Families

| May 20, 2021 | Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a second round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for families with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school...[ Read More ]

CMS rescinds Texas's 1115 waiver extension

, | Apr 16, 2021 | Texas

Today, the Centers for Medicaid Services (CMS) rescinded its approval of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 waiver extension request. The waiver provides funding for “uncompensated care” in the absence of an expanded Medicaid program.  The waiver extension was approved by the Trump Administration on Jan. 15, 2021 through 2030, even longer than...[ Read More ]