Individuals and Families

Texas COVID-19 Information and Resources.

The End of the Public Health Emergency

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government issued a Public Health Emergency (PHE). This made some changes to government programs and benefits, such as continuous coverage for Medicaid. The PHE ended on May 11, 2023. Now, some programs and benefits might stop or be different. We have collected information to help you understand how this could affect you and what steps to take next if you are a Medicaid recipient.

Changes with the Ending of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) Snapshot
The PHE ended on May 11, 2023. With this, multiple changes are coming to certain measures that began after the pandemic’s onset. This TCDD one-pager explains how the end of PHE affects Medicaid benefits, COVID-19 vaccine and testing, and FDA emergency use organizations. It also includes recommended actions for Medicaid recipients.

Fact Sheet: COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Transition Roadmap
The United States Health and Human Services has developed a fact sheet about PHE ending. This resource includes in-depth information about how services and programs will and will not be affected.

Ending Continuous Medicaid Coverage
Texas Health and Human Services developed slides that explain the end of continuous Medicaid coverage and what steps Medicaid recipients should take next. These slides explain the timeline of benefits ending and how to reenroll for your services.

The End of the Public Health Emergency: What You Need to Know
Disability Rights Texas has collected information and resources to help you navigate the end of PHE. These resources include simplified explanations of how benefits may change and are available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

How COVID-19 Could Impact You

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified people with disabilities and older adults as among the groups of people who are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) published information that covers what people with disabilities and older adults need to know about COVID-19. The information includes how to reduce exposure to the virus, tips for preventing illness, and symptoms to watch for. Click the links below to learn more about how COVID-19 could impact you.


Know Your Rights: People with Disabilities Can Have a Supporter in the Hospital During COVID-19 (Video)
Green Mountain Self-Advocates created a video that explains the right for people with disabilities to have a supporter in the hospital with them and how to ask the hospital for necessary accommodations.

How to Stay Healthy from COVID-19 (Flyer)
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities created a one-page flyer with COVID-19 prevention tips.

Coronavirus: Tips to Stay Healthy (Video)
The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities produced a short video that features self-advocates sharing tips about how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 situation. Watch the video.

COVID-19 Videos in ASL (Video)
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services produced videos about COVID-19 using American Sign Language (ASL). The videos provide information about COVID-19, social distancing, self-care, and more.

Exploring the New Coronavirus: A Comic Just for Kids (Zine)
NPR’s Malaka Gharib developed a zine that covers what kids might want to know about COVID-19. The zine is set up like a comic with illustrations and short sentences.

COVID-19 Safety Tips from Self-Advocates of California (Video)
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities created a four-part video series regarding COVID-19. In the series, self-advocates give advice and information in English and Spanish.

When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
The CDC has developed information about when it is safe to be around other people after having COVID-19 or experiencing symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians About the COVID-19 Pandemic
The National Guardianship Association and the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging recently updated their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on guardianship issues during COVID-19. The FAQs are also available in Spanish.

Health Profile for People with Disabilities (Form)
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of the Governor of California have created a health profile form for people with disabilities. You can use this form to communicate with health care professionals as well as law enforcement.

Preparing for Disaster During COVID-19 (Toolkit)
The American Red Cross has developed a toolkit with guidelines to prepare for and navigate potential natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The toolkit explains hazards that can affect your community during a disaster and what you can do to stay safe.

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