Central Health is here to ensure that all Travis County residents have access to high-quality, cost-effective health care. With taxpayer support, Central Health and our network of partners are forging a transformative integrated healthcare delivery system that serves our most vulnerable residents.
Over the 2015 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2014 – Sept. 30, 2015):
109,428 people received care that was paid for by Central Health
- 9% decrease in Medical Access Program enrollee emergency room visits, compared to 2014 fiscal year
- 24,257 people on average were enrolled in the Medical Access Program each month
- 376,949 primary care visits were completed
- 304,974 were medical visits
- 47,332 were dental visits
- 24,643 were behavioral health visits
Download our 2015 fiscal year Annual Report for more information on our accomplishments – FY2015 Central Health Annual Report
With your ongoing support, we will continue turning the vision of a model healthy community into a reality.
How We Use Tax Dollars
When Central Health was created in 2004, Travis County and the City of Austin transferred most of their respective tax bases dedicated to health care. After this transfer, Central Health assumed responsibility for levying taxes to finance healthcare services for eligible Travis County residents. State law currently provides that this levy may not exceed 25 cents on each $100 of the taxable value of property taxable by Central Health.
Central Health was assigned a bond rating of AAA by Standard & Poor’s.
Central Health’s Current Tax Rate
2016 Calendar Year (tax year) / Central Health Fiscal Year 2017-11.0541 cents per $100 of valuation
Historical Tax Rates
FY16 Percentage Share of Travis County Taxing Jurisdictions
Major Hospital District Tax Rates (FY2016)
Both the Central Health Board of Managers and the Travis County Commissioners Court must approve the budget and tax rate for Central Health each year. Before the approval of the budget and tax rate, Central Health is required conduct two public hearings to receive public comments. See our FY17 Budget Process Page to learn more.
Central Health does not provide any direct healthcare services. Therefore, the majority of its budget is utilized to fund local matching funds (for Intergovernmental Transfers) that are used to draw federal funding for hospital care (for the unreimbursed costs of care) and Medicaid 1115 Waiver projects. These local funds allow Central Health to increase health care access and improve health outcomes to the under and uninsured residents of Travis County. In addition, funding is utilized to contract for direct health care services through the Community Care Collaborative, a partnership between Central Health and the Seton Healthcare Family.
The fiscal year for Central Health begins October 1 and ends September 30.