Maggie’s Legislative Update: January 17, 2014

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Friends,

The first full week of the legislative session has brought with it a flurry of hearings, briefings, and meetings as the General Assembly prepares to hear and debate hundreds of bills over the next three months. This week also saw Governor O’Malley introduce his final budget as Maryland’s chief executive.

The budget closes long-term shortfalls without raising taxes or fees, while also protecting our investment in public safety, education, and economic development. I’ll have more information next week about what the budget means for Baltimore City and our communities, but in the meantime you can find more information at http://www.governor.maryland.gov/budget.html.

Delegate Scholarship Applications Now Available:

Each year, members of the General Assembly receive funding for a legislative scholarship program. If you, or someone you know, is pursuing a degree or professional certification at a Maryland college, university, or trade school please visit www.delmaggie.com/scholarship to find more information and download an application.

This year, my application deadline is June 6, 2014. However, please know that financial need is a major component of my award process, so I require all scholarship applicants to complete the FAFSA by March 1st.  Please contact Matt Stegman, my District Manager, at (410) 841-3990 if you have any questions.

MSEA Endorses Maggie:

I am very proud to announce that the Maryland State Education Association has endorsed me for re-election! The MSEA is our state’s largest teacher and school support staff organization, regularly advocating for stronger schools and better outcomes for Maryland students.

As a former Baltimore City Public Schools teacher, I know what a tough task our educators are charged with. This is why I have consistently fought for better facilities, smaller classes, and better outcomes for Baltimore City students. I am honored to have received MSEA’s support in the upcoming primary election.

Martin Luther King Day Reminders:

On Monday we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. In observance of the holiday, most City and State offices will be closed. Trash, bulk item, and recycling pickup will not occur Monday, and citizen drop off centers in the city will be closed, however parking meters are still in effect city-wide.

Important Health Care Information:

I have heard from several 43rd District residents in recent weeks who have had difficulty obtaining coverage through Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange. If you know of anyone who has also had trouble, please help spread the word about a new program announced this week by Governor O’Malley.

All four insurance carriers participating in the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – CareFirst, Evergreen Co-op, Kaiser Permanente, and United – will offer a new health coverage option to those Marylanders who experienced significant website problems that prevented enrollment prior to January 1.  The carriers have set a deadline of 5pm on January 21, 2014 to enroll in the program. Marylanders who experienced significant website problems that prevented enrollment and are interested in coverage back to January 1 should call the direct hotline at 1-800-396-1961 to register for this program.

Marylanders can also call the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s Consumer Support Center by dialing 1-855-642-8572.  The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange will contact program participants to confirm eligibility and record plan selection. Coverage will be effective once consumers pay their premium.  The premium payment deadline is February 15, 2014.  Once enrolled, consumers will be able to submit bills for medical services received back to January 1 for reimbursement under the terms of their policy.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Maggie