Another week, another HHSC contracting scandal
Recently, the State Auditor ¹ released a new report highlighting more contracting issues at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). This is dangerous because people — especially the most vulnerable in our state — cannot afford to lose health services because of irresponsible mismanagement.
Things have gotten so bad that the State Auditor found problems with every one of the 28 different contracts it reviewed, all awarded within the past two and a half years. It’s obvious that Governor Abbott hasn’t done his job to keep the HHSC accountable and protect healthcare for all Texans. That’s why I’m asking you to help call this for what it is: completely unacceptable!
One of the worst cases in this newest round of problems is a $3 billion STAR Kids contract. In case you missed it, that same program was recently highlighted in a Dallas Morning News series titled “Pain & Profit” ² — investigating how many Texans are being left to suffer while healthcare companies refuse critical services.
It’s clear that Governor Abbott isn’t making an effort to hold the HHSC accountable, after many months and years of scandal, which is why we need to speak out!