Central Health annual report shows 1 in 7 Travis County residents received health care services in 2018 due to funding


According to Central Health’s 2018 Annual Report, 183,985 Travis County residents received health care services as a direct result of funding from the health care district.

That number comes out to 1 in 7 of all Travis County residents, according to JP Eichmiller, director of strategic communications for Central Health.

“This is a number we’ve never met before,” Eichmiller said.

Additionally, 2,267 residents received premium assistance for their health insurance plans in 2018, according to the report. That number includes 1,532 musicians and music industry professionals enrolled in Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the SIMS Foundation.

The report also shows 99,204 residents in 2018 received assistance acquiring health care coverage, up 8.08 percent year over year.

Central Health’s financial statements, including revenues and expenses, are additionally included in the 2018 annual report. That report will be available to the public March 28, per Eichmiller.

According to the report, Central Health holds $86.77 million in current assets. The health care district holds more than $213 million in noncurrent assets, or assets that are not expected to generate cash within a calendar year. Between its current assets, capital assets and noncurrent assets, Central Health has $300.37 total in assets.

Central Health’s partners—Community Care Collaborative, CommUnityCare Health Centers and Sendero Health Plans—hold more than a combined $136 million in assets.

Central Health holds a combined $12.29 million in current and noncurrent liabilities, according to the annual report.

In all, Central Health has a net position of $288.08 million on its books.

Central Health also reported $10.74 million in operating revenues. That does not include its ad valorem tax revenue, which totaled $182.59 million in 2018, according to the report.

The health care district reported its operating expenses to total $161.46 million.

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the reporter for Northwest Austin.
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