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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
www.eeoc.gov

Reasonable Accommodations
Job Accommodation Network
800.526.7234
jan@AskJAN.org
www.AskJAN.org

Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
U.S. Department of Labor
Wage & Hour Division
866.487.9243
www.dol.gov/whd

State Fair Employment Agency
Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division
512.463.2642 or 888.452.4778
www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/cwp/civil-rights-discrimination.html

Vocational Rehabilitation
DARS Division for Rehabilitation Services
www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml

More Employment Resources

Health Insurance

Texas Health Insurance Marketplace (a.k.a Exchange)
800.318.2596
www.healthcare.gov/

Texas Department of Insurance
800.252.3439
www.tdi.texas.gov/

COBRA
U.S. Department of Labor
Employee Benefits Security Administration
866.444.3272
www.dol.gov/ebsa

COBRA-Texas
Texas Department of Insurance
800.252.3439
www.tdi.texas.gov/

State Children's Health Insurance Program 
Texas Children's Medicaid
877.541.7905
www.chipmedicaid.org/

Find Health & Dental Coverage For Your Family
InsureKids.gov
https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/coverage/tx/index.html

More Health Insurance Resources

Medicare

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

Medicare & You

Medicare Assistance
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Texas Health Information, Counseling and Advocacy Program
800.252.9240
https://hhs.texas.gov/services/health/medicare

More Health Insurance Resources

Unemployment Resources

Unemployment Agency
Unemployment Benefits Services
www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/unemployment-benefits-services.html

Agency: Texas Workforce Commission

Information and filing available at: https://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits. Weekly certifications for benefits can be filed by phone: 800-558-8321. The maximum weekly benefit amount available is $521. Benefits may be claimed for a maximum of 26 weeks. 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: https://apps.twc.state.tx.us/UBS/changeLocale.do?language=en&country=US&page=/portalfaq.do. There is a comprehensive guidebook available here: https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits-handbook-twc.pdf. Informational videos about how to apply can be found here: https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/jobseekers/tutorial-apply-for-benefits-online-twc.pdf. Customer service can be reached by phone: 800-939-6631.

Updates related to Texas unemployment benefits and Covid-19: https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-job-seekers

State Clinical Trials Law

The ACA requires that most, non-grandfathered, group health plans provide coverage for the routine costs when participating in clinical trials. Some states have more consumer protections. Click here for more information about clinical trials.

V.T.C.A., Insurance Code § 1379.052 Coverage Required. A health benefit plan issuer shall provide benefits for routine patient care costs to an enrollee in connection with a phase I, phase II, phase III, or phase IV clinical trial if the clinical trial is conducted in relation to the prevention, detection, or treatment of a life-threatening disease or condition and is 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 7/11)

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/html/SB00039F.htm