Last month, Texas was awarded $3.3 billion, the largest of the federal government’s $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) grants to states, for broadband infrastructure investments.      The Texas Broadband Development Office (TBDO) plans to utilize the funds to award financial grants, low-interest loans, and other financial incentives to allow internet service … Read more

Presenting on a panel at the 2023 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Austin on Thursday, senior officials from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC), and Every Texan outlined the statewide coordination that was the start of Medicaid redeterminations next month.     When … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) released its action plan on non-medical drivers of health (NMDOH) at the Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee meeting on Feb. 21st.     NMDOH, also referred to as social determinants of health, are conditions where people “live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) confirmed on Friday that it is actively hiring and recruiting additional staff ahead of Medicaid redeterminations.      In a statement to State of Reform, HHSC said Medicaid eligibility renewals would begin in April and continue over a 12-month period. “HHSC will stagger Medicaid redeterminations over multiple … Read more

Texas ranked 10th among states for child enrollment growth in Medicaid and CHIP during the pandemic, according to a report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families this month.      Texas had the largest child population among the states with the highest growth at nearly 4.2 million children, with more than … Read more

On November 2nd, prior to his reelection as Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton announced that the state was entering into a $5 billion multi-state settlement with CVS Pharmacy for its inadequate monitoring of opioid prescriptions.     Texas is expected to see an additional $276 million from the deal to the more than $4 billion … Read more

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Deputy Executive Commissioner Wayne Salter testified to the earlier this month that the state’s shortage of professionals responsible for processing Medicaid and other public benefits has caused delays.      He said the state had 400 staff vacancies that have led to failures to process half of the … Read more

A panel of mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) experts discussed health policy and harm reduction reforms at the 2022 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference on September 27th.      The event in Dallas featured a discussion entitled “Tackling SUD in Texas” that looked at ways to address the state’s opioid … Read more

Houston-based Legacy Community Health announced on Tuesday a joint venture with CareSource, a nonprofit managed care organization based in Dayton, Ohio, to deliver care to Texas Medicaid members.      The 2 entities will form CareSource Bayou Health, a managed care organization (MCO). The MCO intends to participate in the procurement process when the Texas … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced on September 8th that John Hellerstedt, MD, will be stepping down as the Commissioner of the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) at the end of the month after 14 years of service.     Hellerstedt, who has led the department since 2016, is retiring from state … Read more