Friday, January 27, 2017

Legislative Update

From Indiana Association of United Ways

Healthcare update
It's important for people to know that as of now, nothing about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace has changed, and consumers who enroll by the January 31 deadline will have coverage starting March 1.  We know that consumers have questions about repeal efforts and the implications for their coverage moving forward, and it is something to pay close attention to.  For now, it's important that consumers take action before the deadline to get the coverage they and their families need.  Potential ACA repeal and reconciliation processes could take many months before the administration makes any substantive changes in interpretation, enforcement or content of ACA regulations. We will continue to keep you updated as changes occur.  Consider meeting with your Senator or Member of Congress during the February 20-24recess.

At the Statehouse - Take Action
Register now for January 30 legislative update webinar
IaUW partners with the Indiana Coalition for Human Services to bring you updates during the legislative session.  The first update webinar will take place on Monday, January 30 at 2pmET. We will share an update about the progress with legislation affecting working Hoosiers, children, seniors and people with disabilities. Register now to watch the webinar live.  The recorded version will be posted on our website if you are not able to watch the live recording.  Additional legislative update webinars will be recorded on March 10 and May 5.
At the Statehouse
Follow along during the 2017 legislative sessionState Capitol
The Indiana General Assembly is nearly one month into session.  Committee hearings have been taking place and more than 1,240 bills have been filed.  This session is a "long session" where lawmakers will decide the state's next two-year budget which is typically about $30 billion.  Legislators will make tough funding decisions on state government services including education, infrastructure and public safety. 

Links to help you follow are below: 

At the Statehouse - Take Action
Check out our Third House / Meet Your Legislator event calendar
IaUW is tracking Third House Sessions and "meet your legislator" events across the state.  These meetings are opportunities for constituents to talk to their legislators and learn about bills they are working on at the statehouse.  It is important that legislators hear input from their constituents, and these events are a great way for you to connect and share your thoughts.  View our Third House Calendar that will be updated regularly throughout the legislative session.  Check back often for new events as they are posted.  Upcoming events include:
  • Carroll County - February 4 at 8:00am
  • Columbus, Bartholomew County - January 30 at 7:30am
  • Goshen, Elkhart County - February 4 at 8:00am
  • Grant County - February 4 at 8:00am
  • Greater Lafayette - February 4 at 7:30am
  • Hendricks County - January 30 at 7:00am
If you attend, drop us a note to share a little about your experience.

Weigh in on issues important to you!bullhorn
Submitting comments during rulemaking periods is an important way to shape policy.  State and federal agencies appreciate specific comments about possible impacts and ways to improve proposed rules.  Below are a few open comment periods in Indiana.
  • FSSA Division of Aging is accepting public comment for Indiana's Statewide Transition Plan Version 6.  Learn more about submitting comments before the February 17 deadline.

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