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 FY2017-2019 Strategic Plan to learn more about what we will accomplish over the coming three years.
Read our 2016 fiscal year annual report to learn about our accomplishments.
- 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
Central Health’s Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report is now available. Learn more about our accomplishments over the previous fiscal year and read how we have improved the health of our entire community in 2016.
Partnership Brings Ridesharing to Low-Income Patients
A lack of accessible transportation limits a patient’s ability to receive the most appropriate level of care, at the appropriate time, in the best location. The Community Care Collaborative (CCC), RideAustin, and the Dell Medical School are partnering tto help low-income and uninsured Travis County residents access the health care they need.
Fiscal Year 2018 Budget & Tax Rate
Central Health has begun development of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and associated tax rate. The budget development process began with the presentation of a five-year forecast to the Board of Managers on May 24 and will continue through September, with the Travis County Commissioners Court expected to vote on the final budget in September. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 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.
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.