Texas Health and Human Services Commission

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 […]

Texas Cancer Survivors Call on Lawmakers to Advance Medical Marijuana and Other Critical Bills

Today, a group of cancer survivors and advocates that make up the Texas Cancer Survivors Coalition (TCSC) are calling on Texas State Legislators and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to advance legislation that supports Texas cancer survivors and their networks. “We are at a critical juncture in the 87th Legislative Session: bills that could make a powerful and positive impact on Texans living with cancer will likely fail unless Legislators and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick act now,” […]

HHSC Encourages Women to Access Vital Health Screenings During National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week, which began May 9, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women and girls to take care of their physical and mental health. “Texas HHSC is committed to helping Texas women access quality health care and wellness programs that can be life-changing and life-saving,” said HHS Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young. “As we commemorate Women’s Health Week, we hope to motivate women to learn about the health resources […]

State Hospitals Receive First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it received the first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine for state hospitals in Austin, San Antonio, Terrell and Wichita Falls. State hospital staff were among the first health care providers in Texas to be administered the vaccine. “Our staff have been on the front line of this fight for months, day and night, working to protect some of our most vulnerable Texans from this pandemic,” said HHS […]

Texas HHSC Encourages Breast Cancer Screenings During Awareness Month

In observance of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission is encouraging women to get screened for breast cancer. Eligible women can receive free screenings through HHSC’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program. BCCS helps fund clinics across the state to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services such as clinical breast examinations, mammograms, and breast biopsies. In 2019, the program helped more than 24,600 women in Texas, including more than […]