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Texas Resources

This page has information specific to this state, including contact information for federal and state agencies, and some key information about laws and consumer protections.

To find financial assistance resources, please visit CancerFinances.org.

Click here for information about laws specific to Texas.

 

Employment

Federal Fair Employment Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
800.669.4000
info@eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243

State Fair Employment Agency
Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division
512.463.2642 or 888.452.4778

Vocational Rehabilitation
Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services

More Employment Resources

Medicaid Programs

Triage Cancer Guide to Medicaid Expansion

Texas Medicaid Program
855.435.7182

State Medicaid Program for In-Home Care
Community First Choice (CFC)

Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP) Program
800.440.0493

State Children's Health Insurance Program 
Texas Children's Medicaid
877.541.7905

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

Medicare
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
800.MEDICARE (633.4227)

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Texas Health Information, Counseling and Advocacy Program
800.252.9240

More Health Insurance Resources

Health Care Programs & Laws

Women’s Health & Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Sharing Medical Information with Family & Friends

Hill Burton Federally-Funded Health Centers

Federally Qualified Health Centers

Community Clinics

National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)

Medicaid for Breast & Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (MBCC)

Transportation

Local transit systems may provide free or discounted rates for low-income individuals and families. Some cities also offer bus passes, vouchers for taxi or ride-sharing services, or shuttle services for patients traveling to cancer treatments.

Dial 211 for assistance.

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Unemployment Benefits Services

Agency: Texas Workforce Commission

Information and filing available here. Weekly certifications for benefits can be filed by phone: 800-558-8321. Click here to see the current weekly benefit amount and the maximum length of benefits. Payments are available via direct deposit or debit card. Most claimants will be required to register with the state’s job search service online or to visit a job search service center in person. In addition, most claimants must make a certain number of job search contacts per week in order to maintain eligibility for benefits. These contacts must be documented in a verifiable log. There is a chat box feature on the website for general questions. Frequently asked questions are answered here. There is a comprehensive guidebook available. Informational videos about how to apply can be found here. Customer service can be reached by phone: 800-939-6631.

State Clinical Trials Law

V.T.C.A. Insurance Code §§ 1379.051-052

Who must cover the costs? Health benefit plan issuers

What must be covered? Benefits for routine patient care costs to enrollees in connection with Phase I, Phase II, Phase III, or Phase IV clinical trials

Requirements for Coverage: The trial must be conducted in relation to the prevention, detection, or treatment of a life-threatening disease or condition

Qualifying Trials: The trial must be approved by: (1) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; (2) the National Institutes of Health; (3) the United States Food and Drug Administration; (4) the United States Department of Defense; (5) the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; or (6) an institutional review board of an institution in this state that has an agreement with the Office for Human Research Protections of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

(Current as of 8/2022)