The Enroll Dallas County Partnership kicks off 1st meeting at new Parkland Hospital about new Healthcare Marketplace!!
[Dallas, TX] – [The Enroll Dallas County Partnership will hold its first stakeholder meeting between Dallas County, Dallas officials, regional leaders and Marjorie McColl Petty, Regional Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) tomorrow, Thursday, August 8th at the new Parkland Hospital expansion to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Insurance Marketplace for Texas. This meeting will follow up on the ideas and strategies discussed in July when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited. The event is designed to develop a strategic system of communication and education to the public at large about the Healthcare Marketplace and assist local organizations with enrollment efforts.]
The ACA, which passed into law in 2010 and was upheld by the US Supreme Court in 2012, is coming into full effect. One of its provisions, a Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow individuals, families, and small businesses to compare plans and purchase health insurance, is scheduled to open on October 1, 2013. In addition to the Health Insurance Marketplace, the ACA allows for many individuals and families to receive a tax credit that can help them pay their premium costs.
The leaders of Dallas County and the City of Dallas believe that all citizens deserve health care through access to health insurance. Right now about 50 million Americans do not have health insurance, and Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the country. According to a recent Rice University report, in Dallas County there are about 600,000 people (25% of the population) without health insurance.
WHO: County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins, Marjorie McColl Petty (DHHS), City leaders, faith community and business leaders
WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 2013 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
WHERE: New Parkland Hospital Cafeteria | 5200 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas TX
Paid Parking is available in the Tower Parking Garage (2021 Medical District Drive) adjacent to the new Parkland hospital. Guests may enter the garage by taking Medical District Drive to Tex Oak Avenue.
NOTE: Media please be advised that you will be shooting from the NEW PARKLAND building! It is not yet wired for broadcasting so, although there is electricity you should be prepared to treat this as you would a remote!
Judge Clay Jenkins
Press Secretary, US DHHS
[Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow]
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, along with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Theresa Daniels, met with Dallas area community leaders in the Old Red Courthouse to discuss how best to go forward with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” The bill was passed into law in 2010 and enrollment in the Health Insurance Exchange starts in October. While the Texas state government is refusing to help implement the program, local governments such as Dallas County are working hard to ensure that every citizen has the healthcare they need.
Judge Jenkins opened the meeting by inviting community leaders on the panel to collaborate on all aspects of the new Healthcare Marketplace as well as how to most effectively communicate available healthcare options to the public. Commissioner Daniel spoke in both English and Spanish on some of the details surrounding the policy along with Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro-tem Monica Alonzo.
Much of the meeting focused on informing citizens of benefits that will be available to them and on how to best encourage citizens to enroll in a health exchange program. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of Dallas County’s population, or 600,000 residents, do not have proper health care.
In an exclusive interview with WFAA, Judge Jenkins spoke on the kind of outreach that will be required for broad participation. “It’s going to be a monumental task, and we’re going to have to do the very best we can do.”
[Dallas, TX] – [Work is expected to begin this week on a series of improvements to the County's Founders Plaza (this is the plaza that is east of the Records Building in downtown Dallas). As part of this work, a construction fence will be placed around much of the plaza's perimeter. However, access to the plaza's two sets of elevators, its ADA ramps, and to the Records Building's east entrance will remain open.] Continue reading
[Dallas, TX] – [This year, on Wednesday, July 10th 2013 (tomorrow), the Dallas County Truancy Court will have a graduation celebration called NEXT LEVEL. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of a group of identified students who have completed the Dallas County Truancy Court program as high school graduates for the 2013 school year. Our service providers are assisting us with the event by making monetary donations and providing services to the students at no charge. The event will assist students with the necessary steps to get them to the NEXT LEVEL in life.]
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins honors service of “city leader,” declares July 27 to be “Pedro Aguirre Day”
Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow
A native of Dallas and a graduate of Texas A&M University, Pedro Aguirre is considered a city leader for Dallas. In honor of Aguirre’s accomplishments and in anticipation of his 80th birthday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared that July 27, 2013, is to be “Pedro Aguirre Day.”
In 1960, Aguirre founded the company Aguirre Roden, and it has since been named as one of the top 300 architectural firms worldwide. In addition to being a leader in business, Aguirre has served on the Dallas City Council, Regional Transportation Council, Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce board, as Chairman of the Mexican American Advisory committee to the Dallas Independent School District and in various other civic positions in the area.
Judge Jenkins acknowledged Aguirre’s numerous achievements and thanked him for his “tireless service and commitment” to bettering the county.
Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow
Claudia Jean Gipson, a Texas native, was recognized in front of the Dallas County Commissioners Court by Commissioner John Wiley Price for her 23 years of service as a Detention Service Officer with the Dallas County Sheriff’s department.
Gipson began her career within Dallas County on June 4, 1990, and received her Intermediate Jailer Certification in October of 2007. She is married with two children and enjoys serving on the Pastoral Committee at her church.
Commissioner Price expressed gratitude for Gipson’s “long and faithful service to Dallas County” and wished her the best during her retirement.
Commissioner John Wiley Price proclaims week of July 14 to be week of recognition for Dallas County correction professionals
Today in Commissioners Court, Commissioner John Wiley Price declared the week of July 14 through July 20 to be Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision week in honor of the work put forth by the Dallas County Community Supervision and Corrections department.
The Community Supervision and Corrections department supervises adult offenders within the community and provides services and support to victims. All commissioners praised the department for their commitment to the county as the Court audience stood and applauded. Commissioner Price called the department “an essential part of the justice system,” and lauded their ability to “uphold the law with dignity.”
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Elba Garcia thanks commitment and efforts of local business owner to public education
Joseph Mancuso, PIO GIP Fellow
When Craig Schenkel heard that two Oak Cliff high schools, Sunset and Adamson, had budgetary constraints that made it difficult for the schools to fulfill their needs, Schenkel and his business partner stepped up. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia, on behalf of the Dallas County Commissioners Court, extended thanks and honored Schenkel’s commitment to Dallas County public education today.
Paying particular attention to athletic programs, Schenkel helped to support the school administration, raising and donating thousands of dollars to the marching band, drill team, football, basketball and tennis teams. Following a theft at Sunset high school last year, Schenkel informed his friends and, soon after, an anonymous check for $5,375 was written to replace the stolen items and paid for a students’ sports banquet at the end of the year, something that could not have happened without the donation.
Judge Jenkins honored Schenkel’s commitment to the schools and thanked him for “setting an example of leadership in action.”
Commissioner John Wiley Price praises House of Renewed Hope, D.A. in fight for justice for the wrongfully convicted!
The House of Renewed Hope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2010 by Christopher Scott to address the issue of wrongful conviction. Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted, sentenced to life in prison and served nearly 13 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Mr. Scott’s attorney, Michelle Moore, and the Conviction Integrity Unit at the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Scott was proven innocent and his conviction was overturned in 2009. Upon his release, Christopher Scott soon established an agency to investigate legitimate claims of innocence of incarcerated individuals in Texas. The Dallas Morning News, in fact, honored Mr. Scott in 2012 as Texan of the Year for his work.
Commissioner Price choked up when recalling the birth of the exoneration project and praised Scott and the staff saying “There is no one more qualified to speak on wrongful convictions than the men and women who have suffered these unspeakable miscarriages of justice.” House of Renewed Hope is actively examining criminal cases where convicted Texas inmates have consistently maintained their innocence and there is sufficient cause or evidence to warrant a fresh investigation and post-conviction DNA testing. The organization’s annual fundraising event will be held on July 9, 2013, at 300 Dallas in Addison, Texas. Funds generated will be earmarked to help pay for DNA testing, polygraph testing and services, court, consultant and attorneys’ fees, private investigator training and licensing for exonerees, ongoing education and training costs, travel costs and general operating expenses.