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Healthy Texas


Healthy Texas was developed to encourage Texas small businesses, even those with just a few employees, to offer health insurance as a benefit. The Texas Legislature enacted Healthy Texas in 2009 and provided the Texas Department of Insurance state dollars to give eligible small employers a way to offer more affordable health coverage to their employees.

The program aimed to keep workers healthy by providing access to quality health plans at an affordable price. It also provided a way for small employers to purchase health insurance for themselves and their families. Through Healthy Texas, small employers were able to help protect themselves and their employees from the high costs of a serious illness or injury.

All Healthy Texas coverage ended on November 30, 2014. Since the program’s creation, more than 2,500 employers with low-wage workers, who previously were not offering their employees health insurance, were able to provide coverage to more than 22,000 employees and their families.

Those who made Healthy Texas possible

Senator Jane Nelson and Representative John Smithee crafted the legislation that helped make Healthy Texas a vibrant program. Celtic Insurance Company and UnitedHealthcare partnered with TDI to offer comprehensive health insurance options at affordable prices. Thanks to the interest and guidance from the agent community, Healthy Texas was able to grow steadily and provide coverage to so many people. We would also like to thank all of the small employers, employees, and families who participated in the program over the years making it a success.

Contact information

If you were enrolled in Healthy Texas coverage and need information related to your former plan, please contact the participating carrier that provided your coverage:

Celtic Health Insurance, 877-779-5229

UnitedHealthcare, 866-438-5588

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If you need more information about other health insurance options available to employers or individuals, visit How to get health coverage for your employees.

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Last updated: 12/8/2022