More Contracting Woes for Texas HSSC

As a result of a recent general audit of HHSC, there have been discovered inappropriate ties between two HHSC employees and AT&T while at least 15 contracts between HHSC and AT&T have taken place. Of these contracts, some may have been under-managed and over-budgeted. See http://www.texastribune.org/2014/12/30/auditor-state-health-agency-mishandled-t-contract/ for further details. As the year ends, HHSC is now facing multiple allegations of gross mismanagement of multi-million dollar contracts. One may wonder if this will greatly affect the agenda for healthcare in the upcoming Texas legislative session for 2015-2016, including how therapy services will be budgeted as a smaller part of the overall state healthcare budget.