Diabetes Screening and Treatment Available for Healthy Texas Women Clients

Healthy Texas Women is a program dedicated to offering women’s health and family planning at no cost to eligible women in Texas. Since July 1, 2016, the HTW program has provided coverage for screening and treatment of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.

In the most recent Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force and Department of State Health Services Joint Biennial Report, chronic health diseases such as pre-pregnancy obesity, diabetes and hypertension were all associated with an increased risk for maternal death. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that almost 25 percent of people with diabetes and 20 percent of people with hypertension are undiagnosed.

By increasing access to vital health services and treating underlying medical conditions, women’s health and pregnancy related outcomes can improve in Texas.

Several commonly prescribed medications used to treat these conditions are available on the current HTW drug formulary. Clients approved for HTW can get these medications at any Medicaid participating pharmacy with their program identification card.

To learn more about which medications are covered, healthcare providers can access the HTW specific formulary at txvendordrug.com/resources/downloads. Participating HTW providers can access information regarding policies, billing guidelines and toolkits at healthytexaswomen.org/provider-resources.