League of Women Voters News - JANUARY 1, 2019
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By Nancy Gau

      Once again, our terrific Healthcare Issue Group assisted local navigators with the annual open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This year the primary contract was awarded to Epilepsy Florida, Inc., with the assistance of CoveringFlorida.com. As was the case last year, the new administration in D.C. drastically cut their dollars for hiring navigators and for advertising.  That is where our team stepped up to assist.  Approximately 20 of us were present at the meeting where Christine Pelaez-Pena (Epilepsy Florida) and Jody Young (Covering Florida) spoke and shared samples of flyers.   Our team immediately got to work, making hundreds of copies of the flyer in English and Spanish.  (One of our members- Linda Lamm - even managed to get it translated into Creole and distributed many of those in Haitian communities!)  Another member ( Polly Meier ) literally visited every public office and community organization in downtown West Palm Beach. The rest of us visited community centers, grocery chains, churches, all PBC libraries, etc.  We succeeded in distributing thousands of flyers, and also blasted it all over social media.  The results tell the story: 
On a state-by-state snapshot provided by Healthcare.gov results revealed that for the cumulative enrollment period (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15), Florida enrolled more individuals in plans than any of the other 38 states that use the Healthcare.gov platform, i.e., the Federal exchange market.  FLORIDA ENROLLED 1,786,679 INDIVIDUALS.  The next highest state was Texas, which enrolled 1,089,636.  
Jody Young summed it up in the best possible way: “We even beat the results of the previous two years with two hands tied behind our backs.”
Thanks Healthcare team! Happy New Year, and I look forward to another great, successful year with you. We have several exciting projects awaiting our help.

Coming Soon..  
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The League's 2019-2020 Legislative Directory .. In Print and on our Site There will be live links to each elected official/ Watch for it... 
Joe Anderson (L), recently elected League member installed as Commissioner of the Port of Palm Beach. Seen here with Pam Maldonado (R) after being sworn in.
Coming Soon, In Case You Missed It!

Look for Articles on our annual fundraiser in the February 1st Issue of the News! We'll tell you all about it, and how much fun we had.
L to R: Pam Maldonado, Diane Marks, Mary Mertz, working hard on staging the baskets for the fundraiser.
Young singers from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre entertained us.

Registration has opened for the new Leadership Palm Beach County Class. Several of our members are graduates of Leadership PBC including Penny Butler, Debra Chandler, Joyce Sullivan, and Darlene Kostrub. This organization identifies up to 50 exceptional community leaders to participate. If you are interested, go to www.leadershippbc.org for more information.
Vote At The March 2nd Cool Topic!

In addition to hearing a fabulous speaker, Carey Haughwout , Public Defender 15th Judicial Circuit and LWVPBC member, we have some very important business to handle at our March Cool Topic Event. It will be held from 9:30 A.M. to noon on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the STEM Center in Dreher Park. There is no charge for this event.

Here is a summary of the changes proposed by the Board of Directors:
  • Changing the term of appointed board members from one to two years.
  • Changing the due date for annual dues to the first day of the anniversary month for the member.
  • Allowing voting by proxy and secure electronic means at annual meetings.

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You can still renew and be reinstated! Those members who missed the deadline, and were removed from our roster can be reinstated. Individual dues are $60, Susan B. Anthony level is $100, Household for 2 people at same address is $90. You are important to our League and we value your membership support. You can renew by logging on to our web site, just click on the "renew" button below and log in to your account. Remember, you can update your member profile while there! If you have questions about your dues, contact Dorneth Weir, Treasurer, at  dornethweir@gmail.com  or  Darlene Kostrub , Membership chair, at dkostrub@aol.com . Thank you!
Debra Chandler, Managing Editor
Ken Horkavy, IT
Carol Hershey, Marsha Vinson, Karen Corbin, Mary Jane Range,
Cecily Feldman, Kristen Murtaugh, Rita Wachs, Mary Mertz, Faith Schulman, Emily Rosen
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