Notes & Noticias: Get Covered

Dear Friends,

The big news this month is the launch of the health insurance exchanges, which will enable individuals to purchase health insurance made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

This week’s newsletter highlights how to get covered, and where you can find help if you have questions about getting health insurance. 

In our Spotlight On: section, I’m highlighting the “Wheels of Sharing” program run by the Capital Area Food Bank. And make sure to mark October 26 on your calendar for my upcoming community forum.

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Get Covered

On October 1, the Affordable Care Act took another big step toward providing millions of uninsured Americans with quality, affordable coverage. That’s the day the national and state-based health exchanges opened, allowing people to start shopping for health insurance plans.

Click here to access the health insurance marketplace at 

If you have government-run health insurance such as Medicaid or Medicare, you don’t need to do anything. If you have insurance through your employer, you are welcome to look for a better deal. If you do not have insurance or are not happy with your current plan, I encourage you to look on the site and review your options. Low-income individuals may qualify for subsidies to help purchase insurance.

Every American will need to have health insurance starting on January 1 of 2014. If you don’t have insurance yet, now is a great time to start looking.

If you need more help or have more questions, the Get Covered America campaign is also here to help. They’re a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising public awareness about new, affordable health insurance options.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents — 28.8% of Texans lack health insurance. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that number is about to go down.

And while I’m still deeply frustrated that Rick Perry and the Republicans in our legislature refuse to expand Medicaid to our low-income uninsured individuals, I am glad that President Obama passed and signed his signature law, the Affordable Care Act, to help give Texans a way to access health care.

Spotlight On: The CAFB Wheels of Sharing Program

My staff and I volunteering with CAFB at Allison Elementary

The Capital Area Food Bank is one of the leading organizations that provides nutrition for low-income members of our community. This week, my staff and I — pictured at right — volunteered with their “Wheels of Sharing” program at Allison Elementary School in District 51.

“Wheels of Sharing” are mobile food pantries that help fill geographic and service gaps and provide easier access to those who need food assistance. The staff who ride with the mobile pantries also help individuals apply for food stamps and other programs.

Almost 1 in 5 Texas households are going hungry or are at risk of going hungry. I’m so thankful for the work of the Capital Area Food Bank and other nonprofits addressing food insecurity to make sure that Texans have enough to eat.

Dove Springs Community Forum


Please join me for a community forum in Dove Springs! We will be discussing the legislative session, as well as other issues of importance to you. Come ask questions or share your ideas for how we can improve our community.
Dove Springs Community Forum
October 26, 9:30 a.m.
Dove Springs Rec Center
5801 Ainez Drive, Austin Texas
Thanks for reading another issue of Notes and Noticias! I’ll see you in the community soon.Sincerely,