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Establishing Expiration Dates to HHSC Open-Ended Contracts

Last updated on 7/13/2020

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is initiating a project to establish expiration dates for contracts without one. These are “open-ended” contracts.

  • The purpose of the project is to amend HHSC open-ended contracts in scope to establish a contract term of no greater than five years, not including any extensions.
  • The project needs rules changes in the Texas Administrative Code to establish expiration dates for most of the contracts in scope.
  • The plan is to complete the project by the end of calendar year 2021.

Rules Changes:

  • HHSC will amend rules in Title 40, Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 9, 42, 45, and 49 to support establishing expiration dates, such as revising the definition of a provisional contract and a standard contract.
  • Draft rules will be posted for stakeholder comment, and stakeholder meetings will be held as necessary.
  • Amended rules are expected to be submitted to the Texas Register for publication in the summer of 2020 and to be effective in the fall of 2020.


  • HHSC may begin implementing end dates now with contractors who agree to sign the new agreement while HHSC waits on the proposed rules changes to go in effect.
  • Over the next several months, contracts with updated terms and conditions, to include an expiration date, will be sent to contractors for a signature.

HHSC will give the contractor a deadline by which they must sign and return the contract to HHSC.