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December 2016 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Women’s Health Services Handbook : 2 Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Program Overview : 2.1 Guidelines for HTW Providers

HTW provides family planning services, related preventive health services that are beneficial to reproductive health, and other preventive health services that positively affect maternal health and future pregnancies for women who meet the following qualifications:
Does not currently receive benefits through a Medicaid program (including Medicaid for Pregnant Women), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare Part A or B.
A client with other private health insurance may be eligible to receive HTW services if she believes that a third party may retaliate against her or cause physical or emotional harm if she assists HHSC or its designee with pursuing claims against that third party.
HTW services are provided by a physician or under physician direction, not necessarily personal supervision. A physician provides direction for family planning services through written standing delegation orders and medical protocols. The physician is not required to be on the premises for the provision of family planning services by an RN, PA, NP, or CNS. HTW participants may receive services from any provider that participates in HTW.
HTW clients must be allowed freedom of choice in the selection of contraceptive methods as medically appropriate. They must also be allowed the freedom to accept or reject services without coercion. All HTW-covered methods of contraception must be made available to the client, either directly or by referral to another provider of contraceptive services. Services must be provided without regard to age, marital status, sex, race, ethnicity, parenthood, handicap, religion, national origin, or contraceptive preference.
Providers may use the client’s Your Texas Benefits Card to verify the client’s HTW eligibility on the HHSC website at
Client eligibility may also be verified using the following sources:
Refer to:
Subsection 4.5.3, “Client Eligibility Verification” in “Section 4: Client Eligibility” (Vol. 1, General Information).
HTW clients will have the following identifiers on the feedback received from the stated source:
HTW clients will receive 12 months of continuous eligibility unless:
If a provider suspects that a HTW client has committed fraud on the application, the provider should report the client to the HHSC Office of Inspector General (OIG) at 1-800-436-6184.

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