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.
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.
- 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
News & Updates
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.
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.
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.
NOTICE OF TAX REVENUE INCREASE
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).
Central Heatlh is ramping up Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment efforts in Central Texas and advising residents not to delay signing up for 2018 health insurance plans.
The open enrollment period for the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 1, and lasts 45 days—half the length of previous years. The deadline to enroll or renew in Marketplace health insurance coverage for next year is Dec. 15. Without a qualifying event such as getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage through a change in job status, this is the only time consumers can enroll in a 2018 health plan.
In addition to the shortened enrollment period, the Department of Health and Human Services announced it would shut down Healthcare.gov, the website used to sign up for ACA insurance, for 12 hours of maintenance nearly every Sunday during the upcoming enrollment season.
Together with EnrollATX, a coalition of Certified Application Counselor organizations and Federal Navigator groups, and the United Way 2-1-1 Center, Central Health is providing expanded navigation services and a community-wide scheduling system. Residents can call 2-1-1 and schedule an appointment at enrollment assistance facilities across Central Texas.
To learn more about local resources and get help obtaining health coverage, call 2-1-1, press Option #1, and ask for EnrollATX well before December 15, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Additional Health Care Resources
Central Health promotes the health and wellness of the residents of our community, especially the uninsured and underinsured, by working together to ensure access to a full range of coordinated healthcare services.
These links may serve as a starting point for researching services or issues.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Community Catalyst
- Families USA
- Integrated Care Collaboration
- The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- United States Census Bureau
- United States Department of Health and Human Services
- W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Board of Managers
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.