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The Center for Children and Women is closing

The Center for Children and Women will be closing. The Southwest location will close on June 30, 2024. This closure will not change your coverage with Texas Children's Health Plan. If you have questions about your care, please contact The Center for Children and Women at 832-828-1005. If you have questions about your coverage or for help picking a new doctor, call Texas Children’s Health Plan at 1-866-959-6555 (CHIP) or 1-866-959- 2555 (STAR) or 1-800-659-5764 (STAR Kids).

You can get more information by visiting our frequently asked questions.

Postpartum Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Extension Update

Starting March 1, 2024. The Texas Health and Human Services (HSS) is extending its postpartum coverage from 2 to 12 months for eligible women. The 12 months of postpartum coverage begins the month after pregnancy has ended. Patients don’t need to apply to extend coverage.

Coverage will be reinstated for those who lost coverage and still fall in the eligibility period.

You should receive a notice from the state through mail or you can log into your Texas Benefits account to check your coverage.

Click here for the FAQ.

To learn more, visit the HHS Medicaid for Pregnant Women and CHIP Perinatal webpage.

Medicaid Coverage Alert

Don't lose your health coverage! We don’t want to lose you as a patient! New rules will require you to renew your Medicaid plan. Learn more

Bani Ratan, MD




Bani Ratan, MD

Associate Medical Director (OB/GYN) – The Center Southwest

Dr. Bani Ratan was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She attended Rice University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Biochemistry. She received a Medical Degree from Baylor College of Medicine in 2008. Upon graduating, she attended the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Cornell University. While training, she received the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award and served as the Administrative Co-Chief in her final year. Dr. Ratan worked at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas for three years prior to joining The Center for Children and Women in October 2015. She currently serves as the Associate Medical Director at The Center Southwest and as an Assistant Clerkship Director for the Baylor College of Medicine OB/GYN department.

Her research interests include weight gain during pregnancy and medical education. Dr. Ratan thoroughly enjoys connecting with her patients and making sure they understand all aspects of their care.