Recommendations on Texas Health and Human Services Commission Legislative Appropriations Request FY 2026-2027

Every Texan appreciates the opportunity to provide written recommendations to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) regarding the agency’s development of the Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) for 2026-2027.

At Every Texan (formerly Center for Public Policy Priorities), we envision a Texas where people of all backgrounds can contribute to and share in the prosperity of our state. Unfortunately, not all Texans can access the conditions they need to thrive. We believe one of the most effective ways to advance social justice is to strengthen public policy. We are deeply committed to policy solutions that advance racial, ethnic, and gender equity, to expand opportunity for every Texan.

Legislative Appropriations Requests, by their nature, support longer-term changes through a partnership between HHSC and the Legislature. Prioritizing HHSC eligibility system fixes, staffing, and streamlining though this longer-term process is crucial, but Texans in need who are suffering today due to the crisis in Texas’ eligibility system should not be forced to wait for changes that will happen two years from now.

Read our comments in full here. 

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