Central Health

Health care for all.

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Central Health helps the people of Travis County live healthier. Created in 2004 by the voters of Travis County, we are the local public entity that provides access to the high-quality care everyone needs to get well and stay healthy. We work with a network of partners to eliminate health disparities to reach our vision of Travis County becoming a model healthy community.

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Our Vision

Central Texas is a model healthy community

Our Mission

By caring for those who need it most, Central Health improves the health of our community

Our Strategic Principles guide our work and help us to establish goals.


Create a healthy community through the development and implementation of an integrated health care delivery system.


Use local tax dollars to leverage other resources, including matching funds and partnerships, for maximum community benefit.


Increase health equity through innovative collaborations and collective impact.

Read our FY17-19 Strategic Plan to learn more about what we will accomplish over the coming 3 years.

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Projects & Partnerships

Learn more about our community projects and plans.

Our Accomplishments

Read our 2016 fiscal year annual report to learn more about our accomplishments last year, including:


  • In 2016 Central Health funded care for more than 143,000 Travis County residents.
  • 41,654 people enrolled in the Medical Access Program (MAP)
  • 180,044 primary care encounters
  • 40,078 dental encounters
  • 23,447 specialty care encounters

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Every day in Austin/Travis County, more than 2,000 residents experience homelessness. Learn more about how Central Health and our partners, like Austin/Travis County EMS Community Health Paramedics, are engaging in innovative collaborations to bring essential services to this population.

Learn about our partners to find out how your investment is improving lives in our community.

Community Care CollaborativeSeton Healthcare FamilyThe University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical SchoolCommUnityCareSenderoICC

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ACA Health Plans Enrollment

Enrollment for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act’s health Insurance Marketplace are open from Nov. 1 until Dec. 15 – which is only 45 days. To learn more about local resources and get help obtaining health coverage, call 2-1-1, press Option #1, and ask for EnrollATX before Dec. 15, or visit www.GetEnrolledATX.com.

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Eastern Travis County Service Expansions

We are developing multiple scenarios to provide temporary and permanent health care services. These services will be provided through partners including CommUnityCare Health Centers, Travis County, Del Valle Independent School District, Travis County Fire Rescue, Integral Care, and the UT School of Nursing.

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Fiscal Year 2018 Approved Budget & Tax Rate

Central Health’s Fiscal year 2018 Budget & Tax Rate received final approval of the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2017.

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The Travis County Healthcare District d/b/a Central Health conducted public hearings on August 30, 2017, and September 6, 2017, on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the Travis County Healthcare District d/b/a Central Health from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 4.5 percent (percentage by which proposed tax rate exceeds lower of rollback tax rate or effective tax rate calculated under Chapter 26,Tax Code).

The total tax revenue proposed to be raised last year at last year’s tax rate of 0.110541 (tax rate for the preceding year) for each $100 of taxable value was $170,950,014 (total amount of taxes imposed in the preceding year).

The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.107385 (proposed tax rate) for each $100 of taxable value, excluding tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $179,307,398 (amount computed by multiplying proposed tax rate by the difference between current total value and
new property value).

The total tax revenue proposed to be raised this year at the proposed tax rate of 0.107385 (proposed tax rate) for each $100 of taxable value, including tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year, is $183,674,433 (amount computed by multiplying proposed tax rate by current total value).

The Travis County Healthcare District d/b/a Central Health Board of Managers is scheduled to vote on the tax rate that will result in that tax increase at a public meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. at Central Health Administrative Offices, 1111 East Cesar Chavez, Austin,Texas 78702.

TheTravis County Healthcare District d/b/a Central Health Board of Managers proposes to use the increase in total tax revenue for the purpose of furnishing medical aid and hospital care to indigent and needy persons residing in the district (description of purpose of increase).

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Where to Start

If you need health care, the Central Health Eligibility Services team helps you and your family find and apply for programs to cover your health care needs. We also connect people to other health care providers and services in our community.

Call 512-978-8130 to begin the process.

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Health Coverage Programs

The Medical Access Program (MAP) helps people get the health care they need, ensuring that anyone who has a MAP card can go to a clinic, get medicine, and get emergency care.

To qualify for full benefits under the Medical Access Program (MAP), residents must be at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Income Guideline (FPIG). Elderly or disabled residents must be at or below 200% FPIG.

Visit the MAP Website/Visite el Sitio Web del MAP

Sendero Health Plans provides comprehensive health care coverage to eligible Central Texas residents through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including plans for the ACA Healthcare Marketplace.

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Children in Texas who don’t have health insurance may be able to get low-cost or free health coverage from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Children’s Medicaid.

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Board of Managers

Central Health’s Board of Managers meets at 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings are livestreamed with archived video also available.

Meetings Information

The Central Health Board of Managers is an all-volunteer board of Travis County residents. Four of the managers are appointed by the Austin City Council and another four are appointed by the Travis County Commissioners Court. Both governmental bodies jointly appoint the ninth manager. Board members serve four-year appointments.

Our Board of Managers has a broad and varied background, including community and social service, medical care, private business, government, and law. Learn more about the individual managers below.

Guadalupe Zamora, Vice-Chairperson

Guadalupe Zamora

Sherri Greenberg

Charles Bell

Charles Bell

Abigail Aiken

Abigail Aiken

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