Procurement Opportunities

Our main focus is to improve and protect the health and well-being of Texans through effective health and human services and public health services. Each year, we award thousands of contracts for goods and services that are worth billions of dollars. 

Learn more about Contracts Awarded at HHS.

Current HHS Opportunities

Visit the Online Bid Room page for more details on how you can submit a response to a solicitation online.

Are you a HUB or interested in becoming a HUB? Visit the Historically Underutilized Business Opportunities Program for more information.

Looking for more information about grants? Visit the grants page.

Future Opportunities, Intent to Award Notices & Delayed Procurements 

Learn about anticipated procurements not yet listed on ESBD on the Procurement Forecast (PDF). The forecast also includes information about intent to award notices and delayed procurements. 

The following select opportunities are for high-profile pending procurements with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Medicaid Managed Care Procurement Timelines

STAR Health

  • RFP Posting: Oct. 4, 2021
  • Anticipated Notice of Intent to Award: Q1 FY2023
  • Anticipated Start of Operations: Q1 FY2024

STAR+PLUS

  • RFP Posting: March 2022
  • Estimated Notice of Intent to Award: Q2 FY2023
  • Start of Operations: Q1 FY2024

HHSC will require managed care organizations submitting proposals for STAR+PLUS to also submit a Notice of Intent to Apply for a Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) by November 2022, in accordance with the CMS Medicare Part C application deadlines. MCOs should refer to the STAR+PLUS Request for Proposals for additional information.

The Dual Demonstration is authorized by HHSC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to operate through December 2022, with plans for renewal through December 2023. HHSC and CMS are discussing further authorization. If the Texas Medicare-Medicaid Dual Demonstration is continued beyond 2023, then HHSC will require managed care organizations submitting proposals for STAR+PLUS to also submit a Notice of Intent to Apply for a Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) contract or a Dual Eligibles Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) contract to the CMS by November 2022, in accordance with the CMS Medicare Part C application deadlines and to be effective by January 2024.

STAR & CHIP

  • RFP Posting: Q1 FY2023
  • Estimated Notice of Intent to Award: Q4 FY2023
  • Start of Operations: Q4 FY2024

STAR Kids

  • RFP Posting: Q3 FY2023
  • Estimated Notice of Intent to Award: Q1 FY2024
  • Start of Operations: Q2 FY2025

About Procurement and Contracting Services (PCS)

The Procurement and Contracting Services division of Texas Health and Human Services awards thousands of contracts for goods and services that are worth billions of dollars

Following is an overview of each procurement team and the types of procurements they manage.

Construction

The Construction team solicits primarily via the Request for Proposals method to procure services aimed at building new state hospitals and renovating old, outdated buildings. They may also assist with the procurement of extensive deferred maintenance. The Construction team supports the HHSC Maintenance & Construction (M&C) Program.

Goods

The Goods Team processes commodities, including IT commodities, and finished products procurements using Texas Correctional Industries, Texas Purchasing from People with Disabilities, WorkQuest, CPA Term Contracts, the federal government, and Texas Multiple Award Schedule Contracts, as required. The Goods Team also uses competitive procurement methods for goods, usually through the Invitation for Bid (IFB) process.

Grants

In contrast to the procurement of goods or services, grants are used to advance a public purpose through the creation or support of an activity. They are strategic investments in our state and its future, no different than investing in new schools, roads, or other infrastructure. Visit the Grants page for more information about grants.

Health Services

Tier I  handles the most complex procurements. These include large pharmaceutical delivery contracts and our state’s managed care organization procurements. Dollar values for these procurements range from the hundred-millions to the tens-of-billions. Most often, this team solicits via the Request for Proposals method.

Tier II most often solicits via the Request for Proposals method. They also process professional services procurements that use the Request for Qualifications method. Dollar values for these procurements are quite large, but typically don’t exceed $100M.

Tier III processes smaller, routine Requests for Proposals or Requests for Qualifications. These usually fall under $1M.

Historically Underutilized Business Program

The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program Office provides customer service to the HHS procurement and contracting staff, HUB businesses, and prime contractors. Learn more about the HUB Business Program.

Services

The Services Team handles administrative and client-related purchases for HHSC, DSHS and DFPS. These include:

  • supporting clients living in state-operated facilities;
  • DFPS Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services clients;
  • health-related services for DSHS clients; and
  • state disaster related services.

The Services Team uses SPD Term Contracts and Set Aside Programs like Texas Correctional Industries, WorkQuest and TXMAS contracts. The Services Team also uses competitive procurement methods for services, usually through an Invitation for Bid (IFB) process. The IFB method is most appropriate when services are standardized or uniform, with price and meeting specifications being the most important considerations.

Need More Help?

If you have additional questions about procurements or the procurement process, contact the Procurement and Contracting Services Customer Service at PCS_CST_HHSC@hhsc.state.tx.us.