Judge Clay Jenkins, community leaders discuss Healthcare Marketplace during Sebelius visit

From left to right: Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

From left to right: Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins

[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.

Commissioner Theresa Daniel voices a concern with how best to educate residents of available healthcare benefits.

Commissioner Theresa Daniel voices a concern with how best to educate residents of available healthcare benefits.

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.”

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Founders Plaza Getting a Makeover Beginning This Week

[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

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Truancy Court Celebrates “Next Level” Graduation!

[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.]

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins honors service of “city leader,” declares July 27 to be “Pedro Aguirre Day”

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reads the proclamation that marks July 27 as "Pedro Aguirre Day" in Dallas County.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins reads the proclamation that marks July 27 as “Pedro Aguirre Day” in Dallas County.

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.

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