Making Coverage Affordable
Who We Are
About Our President & CEO
TexHealth Central Texas is a community-based nonprofit organization and fully licensed Health Insurance Agency located in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to make health coverage affordable for small businesses, as well as individuals & families within the state of Texas which will work to achieve our utlimate goal of improving overall health outcomes statewide.
TexHealth was first launched by James I Rodriguez with the assistance of Central Health, Hays County Commissioners and the Austin Community Foundations. As we expand our services and modify our original 3-share plan model, we continue to strive in fulfilling our mission.
Ann Kitchen, JD
Tom McHorse, MD
Jim Brown, MD
Kenneth Gladish, PhD
James I. Rodriguez, FACHE
President and CEO
Jim Rodriguez is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, Program Committee Chair for the Board of Directors of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives, member and past Vice-Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He served as Executive Director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston’s 3-Share health benefits program from March 2008 to June 2010. He implemented the health benefits program for UTMB in four months and attained record enrollment capacity within the first 3 months after launch. He relocated to UTMB from Ohio where he was a health care systems administrator with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). As CCHMC Physician-
Board of Directors
Hospital Organization Administrator, he represented 43 private pediatric offices in managed care contract negotiations, and acted as a management consultant for physician office operations. Jim has served in senior leadership positions with private and public medical centers, an outpatient hospital, community mental health organizations, provider-owned HMOs, PPOs and a Medicare Advantage Plan. His expertise includes start-up and turn-around situations with and between insurers and providers.
As Executive Director of the Galveston 3-Share Plan, Jim succeeded in the start-up and implementation of the first 3-Share Health Benefits Plan in Texas providing coverage for the working uninsured and underinsured. His efforts in Galveston and elsewhere in Texas have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kaiser Network, California Healthline, Texas Health Plan Analysis and the Brian Lehrer Report (radio show in New York) among others. His successful career trajectory landed him an interview in the prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives Journal of Healthcare Management.
In 2009, Jim was appointed Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the TexHealth Central Texas Plan in Austin, Texas where he successfully launched it’s 3 Share Plan. In April 2010 Jim was appointed the permanent President and CEO of TexHealth Central Texas and has grown that Plan to become the third largest Multi-Share Plan in the Country. Jim is a contributing member of the TexHealth Coalition and a founding member of the National Multi-Share Coalition. He speaks at national conferences regarding 3-share plans, managed care contracting and other health related topics.