On July 1, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) launched Healthy Texas Women, a new program that provides family planning services, screenings, and immunizations for low-income women and girls. HHSC expects Healthy Texas Women, a combination of the Texas Women's Health Program and the Expanded Primary Health Care Program, to serve at least 300,000 women. HHSC says more than 5,000 health care professionals — up nearly 30 percent from 3,800 providers two years ago — all across Texas are part of Healthy Texas Women.
Eligibility in Healthy Texas Women includes:
- Women and girls aged 15 to 44;
- Those with an income at 200 percent of the federal poverty level or below;
- U.S. citizens or legal immigrants; and
- Those who are not pregnant.
The inclusion of girls aged 15 to 17 is a key change from the Texas Women's Health Program, for which only women aged 18 to 44 were eligible. Minors aged 15 to 17 who want contraceptive services through Healthy Texas Women will need parental consent.
Healthy Texas Women program services include:
- Pregnancy testing and counseling;
- Family planning;
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings; and,
- Screenings and treatment for diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.
To inform Texas women about the health services available to them through Healthy Texas Women, HHSC developed an outreach campaign. HHSC Executive Commissioner Charles Smith joined Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) last month to announce the campaign launch.
"State funding for women's health services has reached an all-time high," Senator Nelson said. "We have expanded our provider network to the largest it has ever been and will continue working to make sure women all over the state can access family planning and other preventive health services."
For more information, visit the Healthy Texas Women website. Read "Playing Catch-Up" in the April 2016 issue of Texas Medicine to learn more about Texas' efforts to expand access to family planning and preventive health services.
Action, Aug. 1, 2016
Last Updated On
October 10, 2016