HHS Awards $70.9 Million to States to Expand Health Insurance Coverage
Around Texas

September, 2009

WASHINGTON--(Business Wire)--
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $70.9 million in grants to 13
states to support the expansion of health care coverage for their uninsured

The grants are funded under the new State Health Access Program (SHAP), an
outgrowth of the agency's State Planning Grant program that operated from
2000-2007. This program enabled many states to develop innovative plans that
increased health insurance coverage for their uninsured residents.

"These grants build on the success of the earlier program," said Secretary
Sebelius. "They will help more states provide affordable insurance to specific
uninsured groups, such as children and seniors. The funds will also assist
states in implementing new initiatives for reaching the uninsured."

The grants, to be made over a 5-year period, require a 20 percent match unless a
state demonstrates a financial hardship. In addition, states must show that they
are able to sustain the program after federal funding has expired. The impact
and results of state projects will be reported to Congress at the end of the
grant period.

HHS` Health Resources and Services Administration oversees the State Health
Access Program grants. The grants listed below were awarded through a
competitive process:

State Health Access Program
FY 2009 Grant Awards

Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin Texas $9,513,413