The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office (October 2017)
Updated: Jun 26
Learn about health insurance choices—October 28
In the legislature this year, we passed a resolution opposing the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cut to Medicaid and Medicare, and we set up a watchdog commission to monitor attacks and prepare state action to protect Marylanders.
Despite all the proposals in congress to repeal the ACA, it’s still in effect, and you can learn how it can help you. Not sure what the ACA covers? Or how to choose the best insurance for your age? Find out at the health insurance literacy event at the Beltsville Branch Library on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 1–3 pm. It’s free and open to the public. Get all your questions answered in time for open enrollment, which starts November 1.
Home repair program for elderly in need—Nov. 1 deadline
Christmas in April * Prince George’s County is a nondenominational volunteer organization that repairs the homes of senior citizens who are low income and physically challenged so they may live in warmth, safety, and independence. After months of planning and preparation, Christmas in April culminates in a one-day repair effort on the last Saturday in April. Participants repaired 82 homes in 2017 with 3,200 volunteers in Prince George’s County, and all repairs are free for the homeowners. The 2018 application, due Nov. 1, is available online at www.christmasinaprilpg.org, or you can call 301.868.0937 with any questions.
There ought to be a law!
Delegates Frush, Peña-Melnyk, Barnes, and I want to hear from you. The best ideas for new laws come from people like you—our constituents. For example, we’ve passed laws to ban panhandling on the roads and to stop landlords from dodging their property taxes—these ideas came directly from local citizens. Do you have ideas for improvements to state law you'd like us to consider? Just let us know your concerns and ideas.
100% pro-environment voting record for 2017
The Maryland League of Conservation Voters issued its report on the 2017 legislative session, and Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Ben Barnes and I were identified as having 100% pro-environment voting records. We made good progress this year—including a statewide ban on fracking, and we voted to oppose the President's proposal to end funding for the Chesapeake Bay cleanup program. But there is much more to be done to fight global warming, combat Chesapeake Bay pollution, and protect our parks and open space right here in our community.
Please let us know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if we can help you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301.858.3141.