Dear Friends
 
     I have received several announcements which may interest you.  I have consolidated them for your information.  Please let me know if you have questions regarding any of these matters.  Email is the best way to contact me during the interim at Geraldine.Valentino@house.state.md.us.
 
     I encourage you to share these announcements with anyone who may find them of interest.

Sincerely,
Geraldine
Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Delegate, Maryland House of Delegates, District 23A
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SENIORS- TOWN HALL TO PRESENT THE STATE PLAN ON AGING-  MAY 25 IN BOWIE
T he Maryland Department of Aging (DOA)  is required to develop and implement a State Plan on Aging to provide a framework for programs, activities and service for older adults.   DPA is hosting four Town Hall meeting to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to provide comments.  Click here for the draft plan. The Town Hall nearest us is on May 25, 2016 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bowie Senior Center at 14900 Health Center Drive in Bowie.   The DOA deadline for comments by written letter or email is May 27, 2016.

 
FREE DIABETES SCREENING and EDUCATION   MAY 20
PGCHD in collaboration with DCH's Joslin Diabetes Center launched the  "On the Road" Diabetes Outreach Program" to raise awareness about the importance of diabetes screenings, management and prevention.  During the two hour sessions, people who have diabetes learn how to make lifestyle changes that can minimize the associated health risks. Also, their families, friends and caregivers are invited to learn more about the management of this disease. At each class, participants are offered an A1c test (The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person's average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months).  The next class will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The class location is at Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.


MVA MAKES CHANGES IN DRIVERS LICENSE PROCESS
The Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration is making some changes for security reasons to the Maryland driver's license design which will become one of the most secure in the nation.   But in addition to changes in how the card looks and the increased security features, I thought you might want to be aware of a few administrative changes as well.  After July of this year, you will not be able to pick up a new license at any MVA facility.   I have reprinted the details from the MVA: 
 
MVA will begin printing/mailing the new secure cards on June 20, 2016, for all learner's permits and new ID cards, and for licenses/ID cards renewed via web, kiosk and U.S. mail.  On July 11, 2016, everyone applying for a new driver's license, learner's permit and ID card will receive the new, more secure cards. 
 
It is important to know that customers will not receive these new cards during their visit to the MVA.  The new products willbe mailed to customers within 7 to 10 business days.
 
The MVA offers the option to receive cards the next day through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), which charges for expedited delivery.  Because customers will receive their new card in the mail, we strongly encourage Marylanders to ensure their correct address is on file at the MVA, which is consistent with Maryland law.  The USPS does not forward MVA mail.  Customers, who need to update their address, should visit www.mva.maryland.gov and type "address change" in the search box.  In addition, the MVA offers the option to provide a mailing address if a customer is unable to receive mail at their residential address.
The new cards also meet all state and federal standards and are REAL ID compliant - just like our current products.  Additionally, Veterans now have the opportunity to have the VETERAN designation appear on the front of their license or ID card.  This is long overdue recognition for the dedicated men and women who bravely serve, and have served, our country.
 
To further enhance safety and security, all new products will be printed and mailed from a high-security MVA facility.  A similar process is used to deliver U.S. Passports, credit cards and other important documents.  Currently, 40 percent of all Maryland driver's license and identification cards are mailed from a central MVA location.  Printing and mailing cards from a central location enhances security by limiting access to card materials, equipment and personal information.  More than 30 other states currently mail their driver's licenses and ID cards to customers.

 
BGE OFFERING FREE TREES 
This Arbor Day,   Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) is helping customers with their landscaping by providing free trees to customers through the Energy Saving Trees Program. Through a joint effort with the Arbor Day Foundation, BGE is providing free trees to customers to help them save energy and money.
 
Customers can reserve one tree on a first-come, first-served basis through the Arbor Day Foundation's interactive tool at www.arborday.org/bge. This tool helps customers identify the best tree for their property and also determine where to plant the tree to save energy and money. Once customers confirm their reservation, a 3-foot tall, lightly branched potted tree seedling will be shipped to their home within two to four weeks.


GOVERNOR'S SERVICE AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE JUNE 1
The Governor's Office on Service & Volunteerism is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor's Service Awards. These awards recognize Maryland citizens for their significant volunteer contributions to the state and its people, and for working to change Maryland for the better. This year, the awards will represent outstanding service occurring in 2015 (or longer for the lifetime achievement award).
 
Service must be performed outside of the context of the nominee's paid employment. Those who have been awarded since the 2011 Governor's Service Awards are ineligible for consideration. For more information go to this link
 
The 2016 Governor's Service Awards Categories:  Youth, Individual, Lifetime Achievement, National Service, AmeriCorps Alum, Faith Based, Group/Team, Nonprofit Volunteer Program, Corporate/Business, Community of Service, Exemplary Service-Learning, State Employee, First Responder, Veteran.


LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETS TOWN HALL FOR BUSINESS, INDUSTRY AND CONSUMERS
Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. will be conducting town hall forums around the State to solicit feedback on issues related to the state's life and health insurance sector.  Consumers, business owners, and regulated insurance entities are invited to participate.  Some of the topics to be discussed include implementation of the Affordable Care Act, changes to employee benefit plans, as well as options with medical stop-loss insurance, and experiences with the Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange.  Carolyn Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, will also be in attendance with Commissioner Redmer.  The town hall forums to discuss life and health insurance markets are scheduled as followed:
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
10 a.m.-12 p.m.
CARROLL COUNTY
Scott Theatre - Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Rd., Westminster, MD
 
Thursday, July 7, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
FROSTBURG
City Place
14 S. Water St., Frostburg, MD
 
Thursday, July 26, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
SALISBURY
Wicomico Room - Salisbury University
1101 Camden Ave., Salisbury, MD
 
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
TENTATIVE - PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Specific location to be announced
 
  
 By Authority of Friends for Geraldine Valentino-Smith, Elizabeth Ryan, Treasurer