Congress Finally Responds for 9/11 Heroes

Jan 6, 2016 Issues: Health Care

Congress Finally Responds for 9/11 Heroes

It took far too long, but Congress finally did the right thing and renewed a critically needed bill to provide permanent health care for first responders who were sickened as a result of their heroic actions at Ground-Zero in New York on 9/11.  More than 3600 of the first responders have been diagnosed with cancer and diseases directly related to their life-saving efforts.  More than 270 House members, including Rep. Levin, cosponsored legislation [H.R. 1786, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act] to make the World Trade Center Health Program permanent and renew the Victims Compensation Fund for five years.  The measure was included in the end-of-year bill to fund the operations of the federal government in 2016.

Taking Action on Gun Violence

Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns.  Mass shootings are a daily occurrence.  Over the last decade, millions of Americans have been victims of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun.  Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place.

To respond to this crisis, President Obama just announced that his Administration would take executive action to help reduce and prevent gun violence.  Rep. Levin applauded President Obama’s actions, saying: “The President today made an emotional appeal for commonsense steps to reduce the tragic epidemic of gun violence in our nation. He is exercising his responsibility by using the executive authority to ensure all gun dealers are licensed no matter where they conduct their business, run background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons, and dedicate more resour! ces to improve our mental health system.”  Click here for more information.

Lawmakers Urge Action to Support Working Families

The U.S. economy has marked 70 straight months of private sector job growth, and has added nearly 14 million new jobs since the low point of the recession.  Even so, millions of working families live beneath the poverty line.  43 million Americans don’t have paid sick leave.  Affordable, quality child care remains out of reach for too many.

Rep. Levin and more than 100 other House lawmakers have cosponsored House Resolution 506, which calls for hearings and votes on the Working Families Agenda. 

Sign Up for Health Insurance by January 31!

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the time when you can find a new Marketplace plan, keep your current plan, or see if you can get help paying for coverage.  Last year, more than 341,000 Michigan residents selected a healthcare plan on HealthCare.gov.  42% of those signing up were new to the Marketplace for 2015.   So far, over 8.5 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage for 2016. Over 80% of those who have signed up have qualified for financial assistance. 

This is the time to sign up for health coverage or compare your options for 2016.  Visit HealthCare.gov and enroll by January 15th if you want new coverage that begins starting February 1, 2016.  The last day you can enroll in 2016 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment is January 31, 2016.