Senator Nelson Lauds Rollout of Consolidated Healthy Texas Women Program
AUSTIN - Today marks the official rollout of the consolidated Healthy Texas Women program in accordance with a budget rider and the unanimous recommendation of the Sunset Advisory Commission to better integrate preventive health services for Texas women.
"By combining these programs under the Healthy Texas Women umbrella, we are making it easier for women across Texas to navigate the services they need," said Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who was the new program's chief architect. "State funding for women's health services has reached an all-time high, as has the number of providers participating in the network -- and we are working on many fronts to improve these services."
With consolidation comes a new high in provider enrollment for the program. According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), 4,965 providers are enrolled in Healthy Texas Women -- more than triple the 1,328 enrolled in the Women's Health Program in 2011. The Legislature added $100 million for women's health in 2013 and an additional $50 million in 2015.
The new consolidated Healthy Texas Women program was created as a one-stop source offering women's health and family planning services at no cost to eligible, low income women. Women's health programs are now operated from one agency instead of two in order to assure that providers can easily navigate available resources to serve Texas women. Services provided through the Healthy Texas Women program include health exams, screenings and family planning.
As the new program rolls out, Senator Nelson has also urged HHSC to integrate the women's health network into the state's Zika response plan.
"Given the particularly dangerous risk that Zika poses for pregnant women, I asked that our women's health network be included in the state's efforts to prevent the spread of the virus," she wrote in the attached letter.
For information on benefits available, eligibility, search for participating provider locations and how to apply to Healthy Texas Women, please visit www.HealthyTexasWomen.org.