Click Here to review the Texas Women’s Health Programs Report for Fiscal Year 2017.
The Texas Women’s Health Program Report Fiscal Year 2017 is submitted per 2018-2019 General Appropriations Act, Senate Bill (S.B.) 1, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (Article II, Health and Human Services Commission [HHSC], Rider 97). The report provides a summary of program enrollment, service utilization, and cost savings for the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program and the Family Planning Program (FPP). This is the first HHSC report to the legislature on the HTW program and the newly redesigned FPP.
HTW and FPP offer women’s health and family planning services at no or low cost to eligible women and men in Texas. Specifically, HTW and FPP seek to increase access to women’s health and family planning services to avert unintended pregnancies, positively affect the outcome of future pregnancies, and positively impact the health and well-being of women and their families.
The findings presented in this report underscore the significant impact women’s health programs make in the lives of Texans and the positive impact to state and federal budgets. A summary of program results for fiscal year 2017 is provided below:
- Client enrollment in HTW grew 109 percent over fiscal year 2017. Clients enroll in HTW through an application process which covers a 12 month period. The monthly client enrollment grew from 105,406 in September 2016 to 220,154 clients in August 2017. HTW served 122,406 clients in fiscal year 2017.
- FPP served 96,990 clients in fiscal year 2017. FPP does not have an enrollment application, but determines eligibility on site.
- General revenue savings due to HTW are estimated at $4.3 million and $8.5 million for FPP. Across both programs, the all funds savings is $157.8 million.1
- Top procedure codes include testing for sexually transmitted infections, blood panels, office visits, and birth control.
- Provider and client outreach strategies included direct mail, email, phone calls, professional newsletter notifications, website updates, printed materials, social media, and attending various client and provider facing events.
- Fee-for-service provider enrollment totaled 5,342 for HTW, a 16 percent increase from the 4,603 fee-for-service providers enrolled in fiscal year 2015 in the legacy Texas Women’s Health Program.
- Between fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2017, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of women receiving LARC across women’s health programs, with 10,203 HTW unduplicated clients and 7,675 FPP unduplicated clients receiving a LARC in fiscal year 2017.
- Due to changes in program eligibility and benefits, HTW and FPP cannot be compared to legacy programs, with the exception of the provider networks.
HHSC is dedicated to serving the women of Texas through HTW and FPP. With the launch of these programs, HTW and the redesigned FPP have ensured women in Texas are able to get the family planning and women’s health services they need. In the future, HHSC will continue to seek improvements to the current programs and ensure access to care for Texas women.