HHSC: COVID Vaccine Documentation Can’t Be Required for Medicaid Treatment
By Joey Berlin

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is notifying practitioners who see Medicaid patients that those patients can’t be required to provide documentation of their COVID-19 vaccination status as a condition of receiving services under Texas Medicaid.

The agency’s Sept. 17 announcement references Gov. Greg Abbott’s Aug. 25 executive order, which bars “[a]ny public or private entity that is receiving or will receive public funds through any means” from requiring COVID-19 vaccination documentation to receive services.

Texas Medical Association staff are assessing the implications of the HHSC announcement and will publish updated information in the near future. Read Texas Medicine Today for those updates.

The current special session of the Texas Legislature, which began Monday, directs lawmakers to explore “whether any state or local governmental entities in Texas can mandate that an individual receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such mandate.”

Last Updated On

September 29, 2021

Originally Published On

September 22, 2021

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Joey Berlin is associate editor of Texas Medicine. His previous work includes stints as a reporter and editor for various newspapers and publishing companies, and he’s covered everything from hard news to sports to workers’ compensation. Joey grew up in the Kansas City area and attended the University of Kansas. He lives in Austin.

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