News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

We have spent much of the last few months working together to protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and access to affordable health insurance. From town halls to Facebook chats to the letters we have exchanged and the stories you have shared, we have made it clear we will not go back to the time when people with pre-existing conditions could be locked out of or charged more for coverage. 

Unfortunately, the Administration has continued its efforts to sabotage the health insurance marketplaces. The President recently announced a new executive order to encourage the proliferation of stripped-down plans, a move which will likely raise costs on working families and people with diseases like Alzheimer's, cancer, asthma, and diabetes, among many others. The administration has stopped making critical payments that help families afford their health care, slashed the budget for outreach efforts to make it harder for people to get information about how and when to enroll, and cut the federal open enrollment period in half, so many Americans will have even less time to sign up for coverage.These actions are shameful and jeopardize our access to affordable care.

That's why it's more important than ever that as we approach open enrollment, the primary window of time during which you can sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, you have the information you need to get covered.

First, don’t be distracted by the Administration's sabotage efforts. The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land. In California, we have a robust health insurance marketplace ready to help you find the right plan for you  Covered California.

Second, open enrollment in California will run from November 1st to January 31st. During this time, Californians can renew or switch their plan, or newly enroll into health insurance coverage for the upcoming year. You can shop and compare plans to determine what plan is best for you and see what, if any, federal assistance you may be eligible for. If you currently get your coverage through Covered California, you will need to renew your coverage for 2018. Head to Covered California, where you can easily check on your existing plan and see any new plan options available to you. While the federal enrollment period ends earlier, in California, we can enroll all the way until January 31st. If you’re signing up through Covered California for the first time and want your coverage to begin on January 1, you will need to sign up for coverage by December 15. I urge you to enroll early and I hope you will encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Third, health insurance may be more affordable than you expect it to be. In fact, most people who get coverage on Covered California qualify for financial help to lower the cost of insurance. While the administration's failure to fund critical subsidies has meant that some plans will see increasing premiums, most customers won't see a significant change in what they pay towards health insurance each month because they will also see an increase in their federal financial assistance. If you need free help navigating the process, call Covered California today at 1-800-787-6921.

While the ACA has covered millions of Americans, there is still more we can do to improve the law. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to do so where it makes sense, but I will not stand for efforts that turn back the clock on life-saving protections for patients with pre-existing conditions and erode access to healthcare coverage for millions of Americans.

Thank you, as always, for the honor of serving you. My highest priority as your representative is to level the playing field for the hardworking families in our community. We have a moral obligation to protect and strengthen programs that Americans depend on like Social Security and Medicare, raise wages so that good paying jobs are accessible, expand education opportunities for the next generation, and ensure access to affordable, high quality health care. Get covered today so you can get the health care you and your family need to thrive!

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Update from Washington

Helping Seniors Stay in Their Homes

I recently reintroduced my Community Based Independence for Seniors Act, which establishes a demonstration program that targets home and community-based care to eligible seniors who need help with two or more activities of daily living. Seniors would receive services specific to their needs, such as home delivered meals, transportation services, adult day care services, and homemaker services. By targeting services to at-risk seniors, the Community Based Independence for Seniors Act helps seniors stay in their homes and communities, rather than moving to a nursing home, which can be very expensive and is often not the older adult’s preferred care setting. This bill also helps keep federal and state governments’ costs down as seniors under this program would not need to deplete their resources to be eligible for Medicaid in order to receive home and community-based services.

Increasing Social Security Benefits

Even as the economy continues to improve following the Great Recession, I hear from many constituents voicing their concerns about Social Security. The rising costs of groceries, gas, and other goods keeps squeezing beneficiaries’ pocketbooks tighter and tighter. Fortunately, beneficiaries will receive a 2 percent increase in Social Security benefits in 2018. While the 2 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in benefits is welcome news, I believe that Social Security needs to adopt a more accurate formula that will better keep pace with the increasing costs of prescription drugs, housing, and other necessities. Social Security provides vital economic security to older Americans and those living with disabilities, allowing them to live a life of dignity. I will continue to push for legislation that increases this earned benefit for current Social Security beneficiaries while also making the program stronger for future generations.

Launching a New Bipartisan Caucus

For almost 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has propelled the United States to new heights as the preeminent leader in space exploration around the globe. Businesses in California’s 38th congressional district play an important role in supporting NASA’s ambitious new programs like the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft. These projects are integral to NASA's trailblazing endeavors, including future missions to Mars. I’m proud to join 26 of my colleagues as a founding member of the bipartisan NASA Caucus to highlight the agency’s role in fueling our national economy with jobs, spearheading technological improvements, and making the United States the world’s leader in space exploration.

Protecting Dreamers

Last month, President Donald Trump announced his cruel decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on March 5, 2018. About 800,000 DACA recipients, including about 4,000 in our own 38th congressional district, must now anxiously wait to see whether Speaker Ryan has the political courage to bring forward the bipartisan, bicameral DREAM Act for a vote. On October 8, 2017, the Trump Administration released a list of hardline, anti-immigrant priorities that aims to kill any chance of bipartisanship and only sows more fears into our communities. I will continue to encourage my colleagues across the aisle to join us in our efforts to protect young Dreamers both in California and throughout the United States. 

Highlight from the District

Thank you to Southeast Military Prep Academy and the more than 60 interested applicants, parents, and students who attended the Service Academy Forum last month. Admissions officers from the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy were present to provide information and answer questions about the application process. Please know that all applications for the Class of 2022 are due by October 20, 2017. For additional information about the application process, please visit my website.

I had the opportunity to meet with several members of Troop 3365 from La Palma earlier this year to chat about being a Girl Scout. I enjoyed meeting with these constituents who represent our future, and encouraging them to always take a seat at the table.









Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

South El Monte Community Office Hours
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM











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