Texas Health and Human Services Commission

HHSC Increases Starting Pay for Jobs at State Hospitals and State Supported Living Centers

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is increasing salaries and starting pay at state hospitals and state supported living centers to help with crucial staffing needs, maintain competitive wages, and bring hospital beds back online. “Maintaining a highly skilled, well-trained healthcare workforce is critical to providing quality healthcare and increasing access for Texans across our state,” said Gov. Greg Abbott. “By increasing salaries and wages to be more competitive, HHSC is […]

HHSC Encourages Cancer Screenings During Cervical Health Awareness Month

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is recognizing January as National Cervical Health Awareness Month and encouraging women to get screened for cervical cancer. “Over the years, we have seen a dramatic decrease in cervical cancer. However, rates have recently leveled off,” said Faith Sandberg-Rodriguez, associate commissioner of Family Clinical Services. “Half of the cervical cancer cases we see today occur among women who have never or rarely been screened. We are encouraging Texans […]

HHSC Encourages Screenings During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened regularly for the disease. “Breast cancer screenings can save a woman’s life and mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer early, when it is easier to treat,” said Rob Ries, HHS deputy executive commissioner for Family Health Services. “As we bring awareness to this issue, we’re urging women to make time for their […]

Texas HHSC Offers Job Opportunities at Hiring Event in Houston

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inviting qualified job-seekers to learn more about a career working for the state during a two-day hiring event on Wednesday, Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22. HHSC’s Office of Access and Eligibility Services is looking to fill multiple positions in Houston and across Texas. Employees in these positions will help people access food, health care and cash assistance services through Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

HHSC Urges Long-Term Care Facilities to Update Emergency Preparedness Plans Before Hurricane Season

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging all long-term care facilities to make sure their emergency preparedness plans are updated ahead of the start of an active hurricane season forecasted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Providers across the state are urged to review these emergency preparedness and response plans before hurricane season begins June 1. “We are reminding providers how urgent it is to ensure that their plans are updated and that […]

Texas HHSC Offers Job Opportunities at Hiring Event in Houston

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is inviting qualified job-seekers to learn more about a career working for the state during a two-day hiring event on Tuesday, April 26 and Wednesday, April 27. HHSC’s Office of Access and Eligibility Services is looking to fill multiple positions in Houston and across Texas. Employees in these positions will help people access food, health care and cash assistance services through Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) […]

HHSC Urges Rural Hospitals, Nursing Facilities to Apply for COVID-19 Funding By Jan. 12 Deadline

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is reminding rural hospitals and nursing facilities in Texas to apply for $128 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act funding to help pay for critical staffing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 12. “We’re encouraging health care providers who have worked so hard in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for these funds which […]

HHSC Encourages Cancer Screenings During Cervical Health Awareness Month

During National Cervical Health Awareness Month this January, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened for cervical cancer. “Cervical cancer screening rates have declined nationally during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we kick off 2022, we are encouraging Texans to turn that trend around by resolving to prioritize cervical health,” said Lindsay Rodgers, HHSC associate commissioner for Health and Developmental Services. “Routine cervical cancer screening is the most effective way […]

HHSC Encourages Breast Cancer Screenings During Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened regularly for the disease. “Many of us have delayed life-saving screenings like mammograms during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is understandable. But after 19 months it’s so important to get back on track with regular breast cancer screening,” said Lindsay Rodgers, HHSC associate commissioner for Health and Developmental Services. “Mammograms are the best way to find […]

HHSC Allows Certified Nurse Aide Applicants To Apply Pandemic Work Experience Toward Certification

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is issuing new rules allowing nurse aide applicants to apply on-the-job work experience during the COVID-19 public health emergency to the 100-hour training requirement for certification. “Certified nurse aides in training have contributed immensely to nursing facilities across the state during these challenging times,” said David Kostroun, HHSC deputy executive commissioner for Regulatory Services. “We’re offering this flexibility to help address staffing challenges in long-term care settings […]