The Latest News from Senator Rosapepe's Office: December 2023
League of Conservation Voters says 21st District Delegation has 100% pro-environment voting record
All of the members of the 21st District Delegation have perfect 100% scores in this year’s environmental scorecard. The legislative successes this year, which include the passage of the POWER Act, Community Solar program and the Clean Trucks Act, are important actions that set the stage for the urgent work ahead.
Season of Giving
Are you looking for a way to help local families during this season of giving? Here are some of our three largest local food organizations that could use your support to serve
Beltsville Adventist Community Center
Beltsville Adventist Community Center (BACC) gladly accepts food donations for their food closet on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:00 AM to noon, or call
301-937-8119 to make arrangements to drop them off directly. By providing canned goods and nonperishable foods, you may enable local children and families to have the kinds of nutritious meals they need to maintain health.
Women's Community Club Beltsville
The Women’s Community Club of Beltsville (WCCB) invites Beltsville community members to donate funds, food, and gifts to support their efforts to serve families in need this holiday season. Any remaining funds will be used for future WCCB projects and to support community members in crisis situations. Help WCCB provide Christmas presents for children! The Christmas donation deadline is Monday, December 11. Monetary contributions and gift cards can be mailed to: Women’s Community Club of Beltsville, P. O. Box 1607 Beltsville, Maryland 20704-1607. Contact Karen Coakley with questions and /or to schedule a pickup or delivery time of your donation. Womensclubbeltsville@gmail.com or 301-741-7672.
From Maryland Health Connection
Coverage from Maryland Health Connection can give you a sense of security and stability when parts of your life may feel unpredictable. Through January 15, 2024, you can shop and enroll in a 2024 health plan at MarylandHealthConnection.gov. Even if you've looked before, you can check out additional savings.
What's new for 2024? You have four health insurance companies to choose from! This year, Maryland Health Connection welcomed Aetna as a new health insurance company in addition to CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, and UnitedHealthcare. No matter where you live in Maryland, you can choose plans from multiple insurance companies.
Young adult savings have been expanded. Now, Marylanders ages 18-37 can get special discounts for 2024 health plans — on top of other savings available. Value plans give you the option for lower out-of-pocket costs.
Value Plans are designed to have lower out-of-pocket costs when you use health care. For 2024, we revamped Value Plans to make the prices for standard healthcare services more transparent and more consistent across insurance companies. All insurance companies on Maryland Health Connection offer Value Plans. Value Plans use simple copays for most services and cover many services without requiring you to meet your deductible. Value Plans are a perfect fit for people with high prescription costs because they have lower caps on the amount you pay out of pocket for prescriptions. They also cover routine services for people with diabetes at no cost, including insulin, primary care visits, and specific labs.
Medicaid- Open enrollment is for private health plans only. If you're eligible, you can apply for Medicaid anytime. If you are already enrolled in Medicaid, you will receive a notice before your benefits end.
There are many ways to enroll. If you need help registering, we've got you covered. Trained experts are available to help you sign up for a health plan. Go to MarylandHealthConnection.gov to find free assistance near you. Get free help enrolling by phone or in person.
Again, this year, Maryland Health Connection offers Broker Connect. You can talk to an authorized insurance broker in 30 minutes or less. A broker will call you to discuss your private health plan options. Best of all, it's free.
COVID info and help
MDGOVAX Call Center Services are transitioning to 2-1-1 Maryland. Marylanders can still receive information and referrals regarding COVID-19 resources by calling 2-1-1 or texting your zip code to 898 211.
COVID-19 Financial Assistance for Homeowners
Are you struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments or other housing costs due to COVID-19 related financial hardships? The Maryland Homeowner Assistance Fund may be able to help. Visit the State of Maryland’s Department of Housing and Community Development website at https://dhcd.maryland.gov/ or call the department at 301-429-7400 to check eligibility and get assistance with navigating the application portal.
Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7
Is it really that time again? Yes, it is. Open enrollment begins October 15 until December 7 so start researching those Medicare plans.
Researching Medicare plans is worse than going to the dentist for sure, and maybe worse than doing taxes. In any case, take the time to do your homework. If this is your
first time or your 10th time, check out www.medicare.gov
A change for 2023 is the cost of insulin. A one-month supply of insulin will be capped at $35 for those on Medicare Part B, and there is no deductible.
How to report potholes in Beltsville
Maintenance of State roads (identified by number — Rt 1, Rt 212, etc.) is the responsibility of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). Call 301-952-0555 to report a pothole on a State road. Other local roads are maintained by the County. To report potholes on them, call 311 (3-1-1) or 301-883-4748 or report it online at PGC311.com.
Please let me know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts about. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if I can be of help to you. Just email
21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 410-841-3141.