A General Appropriations Act is introduced during each legislative session (click here for the 85th Legislature’s GAA). Article II of the Act denotes spending and appropriations for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The funds allocated for the HHSC are divided between Texas’ All Funds, General Revenue Funds, General Revenue-Dedicated Funds, Federal Funds, and Other Funds. Each budget contributes different amounts to the total funds for the Health and Human Services Commission and its agencies. 

The following tables are annual estimates of each budget’s contribution to Article II (through 2019).

Source: “Legislative Budget Estimates by Program Articles I, II, and III – Public Education Fiscal Years 2015 to 2019”

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (see: “Health and Human Services Commission” entry  for more details) houses a number of divisions and agencies–some of which will not officially be included until later this year, once a broad HHSC transformation is completed. Included (or soon to be) are the Internal Audit Division, Office of the Inspector General, Texas Dept. of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), Texas Dept. of State Health Services (DSHS), Texas Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), and more. HHSC’s mission is to “provide the leadership and direction and foster the spirit of innovation needed to achieve an efficient and effective health and human services system for Texans. To that end, employees provide a number of services and benefits including:

  • Medicaid for families and children
  • Long-term care for people who are older or who have disabilities
  • SNAP food benefits and TANF cash assistance for families
  • Behavioral health services
  • Services to help keep people who are older or who have disabilities in their homes and communities
  • Services for women and other people with special health needs.