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Health Laws and Resources

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000


Health laws and regulations are critical in promoting and maintaining public health in Dallas County. These laws establish the requirements and standards that healthcare facilities, providers, and individuals must comply with to ensure the safety and well-being of the community. Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) plays a crucial role in enforcing these laws, providing guidance and resources to healthcare providers, conducting inspections to ensure compliance, and taking appropriate actions to address violations. By upholding and enforcing health laws, DCHHS aims to protect the health of Dallas County residents and create a safer and healthier environment for all. In addition to enforcing health laws, DCHHS also provides a wealth of resources and information to educate the public and promote health and wellness. These resources cover a wide range of topics such as disease prevention, healthy lifestyles, access to healthcare services, and emergency preparedness. By offering these resources, DCHHS empowers individuals and communities to make informed decisions about their health and access the services they need to thrive.

Below is a list of resources and references:

State:

  • Texas Health and Safety Code:  The Texas Health and Safety Code is a comprehensive set of laws governing public health in the state. It covers various aspects of health, including disease control, food safety, sanitation, environmental health, and more. Promoting awareness of these laws helps citizens understand their rights and responsibilities regarding public health.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services:  The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is the state agency responsible for maintaining and improving the health and well-being of the residents of Texas.

Federal:

  • Centers for Disease Control:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a leading national public health agency dedicated to promoting health, preventing disease, and responding to public health emergencies.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:  The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a government agency responsible for protecting the health and well-being of all Americans.
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA):  The ACA expands access to healthcare and preventive services, making it an essential resource for citizens seeking healthcare coverage options and information on preventive care.
  • Health Insurance Marketplace:  The Health Insurance Marketplace, established under the ACA, allows citizens to compare and purchase health insurance plans. Publicizing this resource helps individuals and families access affordable health coverage.
  • Medicaid:  Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides healthcare coverage to low-income individuals and families.
  • Medicare:  Medicare is a federal health insurance program that provides coverage for individuals age 65 and older, as well as certain younger individuals with disabilities.

 


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