Introduction and Purpose

The Fair and Fraud Hearings section of the Appeals Division, Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), receives appeal requests from applicants and clients contesting actions taken regarding benefits and services of various programs. These include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), all Medicaid-funded services, and other agency programs that are required by state or federal law, or rules, to provide the right to a fair hearing. Hearings officers conduct hearings, consider evidence and issue decisions in accordance with rules, regulations and state and federal law.

The Fair and Fraud Hearings Handbook provides guidance on the appeal process for applicants, clients, client representatives, program representatives and hearings officers.