The District Dispatch for December 2017
A MESSAGE FROM AUTUMN
Welcome to my monthly newsletter. I am truly honored to represent the 62nd District. As we head into the final month before session begins, I want to share with you the work we are doing to prepare for the coming session. From addressing poverty to healthcare to workforce development, we are setting the stage for a people’s year. I look forward to another successful year as your Assemblymember.
We always love to hear from you. Feel free to give my District Office a call and let us know how we’re doing. Happy Holidays!
Assemblymember, 62nd District
Please see the Upcoming Events section below for events in the District throughout December.
IN THIS ISSUE:
- OPERATION GOBBLE
- TASKFORCE TO END CHILD POVERTY
- COVERED CALIFORNIA OPEN ENROLLMENT
- CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE HEARINGS
- PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE DISTRICT
- Upcoming Events
November 15, 2017 marked the 62nd Assembly District’s 3rd Annual Operation Gobble, hosted by Assemblymember Burke. At 8:00 in the morning a line began to form at Lennox Park in Inglewood to pick up a turkey or ham. Assemblymember Burke’s District and Capitol offices participated in distributing nearly 1,000 turkeys and hams to individuals who had come to the park and a variety of non-profit, community organizations. Among the organizations to receive a turkey or ham were Venice Community Housing, Guardians of Love, LA Promise Fund, Helping Hands, Mother’s in Action, Northeast Community Clinic, Rescue Mission and NUCRA. Contributing as sponsors, variety of organizations and businesses provided financial assistance or turkeys and hams. The sponsors included: National Utility Consumer Rights Association, Farmer John, AT&T, California Poultry Federation, Ralph’s Grocery and Albertsons, Vons & Pavilions. Also in attendance was Assemblymember Burke’s mother, former Congresswoman, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. The former Congresswoman spoke to attendees before distributing the turkeys and hams.
On December 12, 2017 in Sacramento, Assemblymember Burke will be convening the first meeting of the Taskforce to Lift Children and Families Out of Poverty. The taskforce is responsible for evaluating current programs which provide assistance to low income families and develop a comprehensive approach to integrating those programs. Through the greater connection and interaction between programs, California can ensure assistance programs build off one another and uplift the nearly one million California children out of poverty with no new taxes nor fees.
This past year, Assemblymember Burke authored AB 1520, which established the taskforce. The bill enjoyed widespread, bipartisan support in both the Assembly and Senate as a common sense way to address the issue of child poverty in California, the sixth largest economy in the world.
Covered California’s open-enrollment period starts on November 1st and continues through January 31, 2018. If you, your family members or friends do not receive health insurance through your employer, you can sign up during this time period.
Covered California is the only insurance marketplace in California where eligible consumers can receive financial assistance to help pay for their health insurance. According to federal law outlined in the Affordable Care Act, if your annual income is between 138% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Line you may qualify for federal tax credits to help you afford your health insurance coverage. In practical terms, with this help over 1.1 million Californians – many of your neighbors, friends and family – are paying on average $115 per month to get coverage that has a monthly premium of over $575. Financial help means that in 2018, nearly 60 percent of subsidy-eligible enrollees will have access to Silver Coverage for less than $100 per month (the same as it was in 2017) and 74 percent can purchase Bronze Coverage for less than $10 per month. This financial help is bringing coverage within reach for those who do not get the help from their employer or Medicare.
To sign up, you should call Covered California’s Service Center at (800) 300-1506. You can also apply online at www.CoveredCA.com, or have a certified enroller contact you through the ‘Help on Demand’ feature. If you have any questions, there is free, confidential assistance from one of the more than 20,000 certified agents and enrollers throughout California who stand ready to assist you, who you can find at http://www.coveredca.com/get-help/local/.
My District Office is also available to assist you at (310) 412-6400, although we are prohibited from directly enrolling individuals in health insurance plans, we will have pamphlets from Covered CA available for your use in the office and can help you find free, confidential and expert help in our community.
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010, over 5 million Californians have gained health insurance coverage, bringing our uninsured rate down the lowest level in history. Nationally, the ACA has slashed the uninsured rate almost in half, but we’ve done an even better job in California. I’m committed to building on this progress to further reduce the number of uninsured constituents and provide them with affordable health insurance.
As her position as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Career Technical Education and Building the 21st Century Workforce, Assemblymember Burke will be hosting a number of field hearings for the select committee. Workforce development and career technical education have been priority issues for the Assemblymember since her entering office in 2014. Assemblymember Burke worked early on with her colleagues to secure funding for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant. The Assemblymember wants to further develop California’s support for career technical education and ensure more opportunities are provided for Californians. Through this effort, the state can strengthen our middle class by providing Californians the resources to become prepared for the 21st century workforce.
Helping Hands Provides Quality of Life Assitance to Seniors
Helping Hands is a not for profit organization that acts as a centralized repository of information for seniors to remain independent and improve their quality of life. Helping hands was a recipient of turkeys and hams at the 3rd Annual 62nd Assembly District Operation Gobble. The turkeys and hams helped spread holiday cheer by providing seniors with a Thanksgiving dinner. Helping Hands recognizes that many seniors have simple needs but often go without those being served, despite the myriad of resources from the community, insurance and local non-profits. By being a central source of information, Helping Hands endeavors to assist seniors in applying for and receiving the benefits of the programs for which seniors are eligible.
Throughout the district, there will be a number of tree and sign lighting ceremonies. Below are the various ceremonies:
Saturday, December 2nd
On Winward Avenue, East of Pacific
Saturday, December 2nd
1pm – 6pm
Saturday, December 2nd
4pm – 6pm
1847 14th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Saturday, December 9th
12pm – 6pm, Fireworks show to follow until 8pm
Burton Chase Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
The City of Inglewood will be offering a complimentary, curbside tree collection for Christmas trees during the 2 week scheduled time period on your regular service day. For more information, call (310) 412-5333.
December 26th, 2017 – January 8th, 2018