Health insurance deadline: December 15
Delegates Barbara Frush, Joseline Peña-Melnyk, Ben Barnes, and I want to be sure all working families can sign up for affordable health insurance. Despite all the proposals in congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s still in effect. Now through December 15 is the time to learn about coverage—and other ways to save money on health insurance.
Open enrollment runs from November 1 to December 15. Be sure to enroll or change plans by visiting www.marylandhealthconnection.gov or call toll-free 1.855.642.8572.
New Law Allowing FREE Credit Freeze
Earlier this year, the Maryland legislature was ahead of the curve by passing a new law that provides consumers the right to place a freeze on their credit reports free of charge. The recent Equifax data breach is a clear example of why consumers should use every available resource to help keep their personal information out of the hands of identity thieves. The new law only waives the fees for freezing a credit report, but not the fees for temporarily “thawing” or lifting the freeze on a credit report if the consumer needs to apply for credit, rent an apartment, or engage in another transaction in which the credit report needs to be reviewed. The fee for temporarily thawing a credit report is $5 for each credit bureau, but creditors only need to review one bureau’s report. Details for placing a security freeze are online at
Two miles of Route 1 resurfacing
The Maryland State Highway Administration is beginning a safety and resurfacing project on Route 1 between MD 200 (ICC) and Cherry Lane in Laurel. The $3.3 million project should be completed by the end of the year. Improvements will be made to driving lanes, curbs, gutters and sidewalk drainage pipes, bike lanes, and traffic signals. Drivers can expect single lane closures Mondays through Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm and two lanes Sunday nights through Friday mornings between 9 pm and 5 am. Approximately 39,000 vehicles travel this section of Route 1 daily, so please allow extra travel time during construction.
My wife Sheilah joins me in wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.
Please let us know if there are other issues you have questions or thoughts. And, of course, feel free to be in touch if we can help you. Just email 21stDistrictDelegation@gmail.com or call 301.858.3141.