HHSC has extended the comment period on the proposed Best Value Criteria for the STAR Kids Managed Care procurement. Learn more here.
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.
Current HHS Opportunities
- Electronic State Business Daily - The state's online directory of procurement opportunities
- HHS Open Enrollment Opportunities page - HHS contracts awarded based on submission of applications rather than competitive proposals.
- HHS Request for Applications page - Find active grant 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.
Pre-Solicitation Announcement – HeRDMOSS
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) issues this Pre-Solicitation Announcement to inform the vendor community that HHSC intends to release a solicitation to procure the service components for a Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Health Registries Development, Maintenance and Operations Support Services (HeRDMOSS).
- Anticipated Posting: March 2023
- Anticipated Award: October 2023
Future Opportunities, Intent to Award Notices and 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
- Notice of Award: In accordance with 1 T.A.C. §391.219, HHSC issues a Notice of Award to Superior HealthPlan, Inc.
- ESBD Notice of Award: https://www.txsmartbuy.com/esbddetails/view/HHS0010427
- Start of Operations: September 1, 2023
In accordance with 1 T.A.C. §391.305, HHSC issues a Notice of Intent to Award to the following Respondents:
- United Healthcare Community Plan of Texas, LLC. – Bexar, Central Texas, Dallas, Harris, Hidalgo, Northeast Texas, Tarrant, and Travis Service Areas
- Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc. – Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo, Jefferson, Northeast Texas, and Tarrant Service Areas
- Superior HealthPlan, Inc. – Central Texas, Dallas, Hidalgo, Lubbock, Nueces, Travis, and West Texas Service Areas
- Amerigroup Insurance Company – Jefferson, Lubbock, Nueces, and West Texas Service Areas
- Community First Health Plans, Inc. – Bexar Service Area
- El Paso Health – El Paso Service Area
- Community Health Choice Texas, Inc. – Harris Service Area
Anticipated Notice of Award: March 2023
Anticipated Start of Operations: February 2024
MCOs with existing HHSC-contracted D-SNPs must apply to CMS for a calendar year 2024 service area expansion, as necessary to ensure the D-SNP’s Medicare service area covers the MCO’s STAR+PLUS Medicaid service area. The CMS application deadline for service area expansion requests is February 2023.
The Dual Demonstration is authorized by HHSC and the CMS to operate through December 2022, with plans for renewal through December 2023. Further authorization is under discussion. MCOs must contract with CMS for a D-SNP with a Medicare service area that covers the entire STAR+PLUS Medicaid service area. MCOs that are also contracted with HHSC as a Dual Demonstration Medicare-Medicaid Plan (MMP) must also continue to contract as an MMP through the duration of the Dual Demonstration.
STAR+PLUS contracts will require that MCOs have a companion D-SNP that covers the entirety of their STAR+PLUS service area(s), and that MCOs with existing MMPs continue coverage in Demonstration counties until the end of the Demonstration.
STAR and CHIP
- RFP Posting: December 2022
- Anticipated Notice of Award: Q2 FY2024
- Anticipated Start of Operations: Q2 FY2025
- Anticipated RFP Posting: Q2 FY2024
- Anticipated Notice of Award: Q2 FY2025
- Anticipated Start of Operations: Q2 FY2026
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.