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From the Office of Council Member Tom Dernoga November 2022

Updated: Nov 29, 2022

Councilmember Tom Dernoga, Delegates Joseline Peña-Melnyk and Mary Lehman, and Chief of Staff, Michelle García at the annual Division VI Police, Faith and Blue Weekend. (Left to right.)

Medicare Policy Review

Time to review your Medicare supplemental policies. Will it be a Medicare Advantage program or independent Medicare additional policies? Which is best for you? Or is this the first time you are signing up for Medicare?

Here’s the low down. Approximately 64 million Americans will receive Medicare in 2023 nationally. Annual deductibles for Medicare Parts A, B, and D are increasing from $20 to $60. You must take the time to review your premiums or visit Maryland’s webpage for information about the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) by visiting Help is available at the Prince George’s County’s SHIP office and can be reached by calling 301-265-8471 or the federal office, Medicare, at 1-800-633-4227 - calls are taken 24 hours a day, including weekends. Contact them to learn more about Medicare, coverage gaps, financial help with co-pays, or out-of-pocket expenses.

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Application

Borrowers can apply for Federal Student Debt relief at You could qualify for up to $20,000 in debt relief if you received a Federal Pell Grant in college and meet the income requirements. You could be eligible for up to $10,000 in debt relief if you did not receive a Federal Pell Grant in college and meet the income requirements. The debt relief applies only to your loan balances before June 30, 2022. Any new loans disbursed on or after July 1, 2022, aren’t eligible for debt relief.

Once an application is submitted, the United States Department of Education will send an email confirmation and review your application to determine eligibility. The Department may follow up for additional information. However, if there is no follow-up, no further action is needed following the application submission. Visit for more details.

General Election Day – Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Early Voting begins Thursday, October 27, and continues through Thursday, November 3 - hours are 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming Maryland Gubernatorial General Election is Tuesday, November 1. You will still be able to register during Early Voting and on Election Day if you meet the same-day registration criteria – you must have a Maryland driver’s license or an MVA- issued identification card.

There are 13 early voting centers located throughout the County. In addition, county residents can request a mail-in ballot online or text “VBM” to 77788. For more information, visit or call Prince George’s County Board of Elections at 301-341-7300.

Contact Us

Please keep in touch. Email us at or call 301.952.3887. Se habla Español. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TomDernogaD1

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