By providing a broad range of services to keep Texans healthy, Texas Health and Human Services employees are not only ensuring direct services are provided to those who qualify, but helping to improve the overall health of all Texans.
Clinics, Health Organizations and Resource Centers
HHS works with federally qualified health clinics, medical associations, community partners and local governments to help clients find the health care they need.
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers can help Texans find personal care, nursing care, help at home and other long-term care services.
- Community Resource Coordination Groups help people whose needs can’t be met by one single agency and who would benefit from interagency coordination.
- Find a drug store that accepts prescriptions paid for by Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.
- 211Texas.org allows you to search for clinics that serve people who need a health care provider for epilepsy, primary health care, child health and dental, and prenatal medical and dental.
- Texas Local Public Health Organization directory is a listing of local health departments, public health districts and local health units in Texas.
Former Foster Care Children can qualify for health care services through Medicaid until they are 26.
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program help cover medical expenses for children, some adults and people with disabilities who meet income requirements. Most services are delivered through providers called managed care organizations.
- Children's Health Insurance Program is low-cost or free health coverage for children without health insurance.
- Children's Medicaid covers services needed to keep kids healthy. It is for people 18 and younger healthy who come from families with little or no money.
- Long-term care Medicaid is available to some people who are older or who have a disability.
- Medicaid might be available to adults who are caring for a child.
- The Medicaid Buy-In program offers low-cost Medicaid health care services — including community-based services and supports — to individuals with disabilities who work.
The Health Information, Counseling and Advocacy Program can help you enroll in Medicare, find information and provide counseling about your options.
Palliative care comes into play when a life-changing or serious illness alters your quality of life. When you have a serious illness, the support of your medical team, family and friends makes a difference.
The easiest way to treat a disease is stop it before it starts. Understanding how to avoid a possible chronic condition is essential. Prevention is an effective path to improving Texans' lives.
- Immunization Unit provides information for families and medical providers about the benefits of immunizations and which ones are recommended at different life stages.
Primary and Specialty Health
- County Indigent Health Care Program helps low-income Texans who do not qualify for other state or federal health care assistance programs.
- Epilepsy Program helps ensure people with epilepsy or seizure-like symptoms have access to outpatient services.
- Hemophilia Assistance Program helps Texans with hemophilia cover their medical bills.
- Kidney Health Care helps people with end-stage renal disease pay for their treatment.
- Primary Health Care Services Program helps ensure that eligible Texans have access to primary health care services.
- Title V Maternal and Child Health helps low-income women, children and adolescents who are not eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or CHIP Perinatal.
How well we take care of ourselves before we need medical services can make for a higher quality of independence and wellness. We offer tips on exercise, cooking healthy meals on a budget, nutrition and weight management.
- Good Food. Good Move. has tips for fixing nutritious meals and saving money.
- Texercise provides a fun, practical way to start looking and feeling your best through exercise.
Women and Children
HHS provides health care services to Texas women, such as preventing unintended pregnancies, nurturing healthier pregnancies, fighting domestic violence, and taking care of children. Texans also can apply for insurance for their children through Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid (see the links above).