Aug 10, 2013

When Parkland faced the prospect of being shuttered by regulators, Judge Jenkins was up to the challenge, building relationships and a team that rolled up their sleeves and made controversial and, at the time, unpopular decisions that ultimately stared down long odds and saved Dallas County's Hospital System.

During the 2013 legislative session, Judge Jenkins advocated strongly for Parkland and all Dallas area hospitals to receive important Disproportionate Share Hospital funding, ultimately winning tens of millions of dollars per year for increased reimbursement for care cost to all North Texas hospitals.

He is an outspoken advocate for Medicaid expansion in the state of Texas, working with business, faith, health, and community leaders to bring needed expanded health coverage to the working poor and is leading the local Healthcare Marketplace enrollment efforts in partnership with the City of Dallas, Health and Human Services, to afford many citizens a new opportunity to gain better healthcare for themselves and their families and lower the high number of uninsured. This effort will benefit all taxpayers by reducing the number of uninsureds currently treated at taxpayer expense and enhance the public health and our overall quality of life.

“There’s nothing more important to Dallas County, to our quality of life, and to our economy, than that we tackle the problem of being the fourth most uninsuredcounty in the country.”

Judge Jenkins in the The Washington Post, July 30, 2013

Judge Jenkins was recognized for his commitment to public health with the Millard J. and Robert L. Heath Award, which recognizes a layperson who has provided outstanding leadership and service to medicine and to the community. During the Summer of 2012, Dallas County faced a West Nile Virus epidemic that threatened public health and safety, Judge Jenkins worked closely with the Dallas County Medical Society, State Health and Human Services, as well as the Centers for Disease Control to coordinate an effective response to the outbreak.

"We know that aerial spraying in other places of the country have saved lives. We fully expect that’s what’s occurred here in Dallas County, as well.” 

Janet McCallister, Centers for Disease Control, to WFAA, August 30, 2013.