N&N – Let’s Get Covered, Austin!

Dear Friends,

It’s a busy time for progressives in Travis County.

Early voting is under way in the 2014 primary, and Democrats are heading to the polls to vote for Wendy Davis and other great candidates. Meanwhile, the deadline to enroll in health insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act is coming soon. And this weekend I’m excited to celebrate the third anniversary of Austin’s status as the largest No-Kill city in the nation.

I’m also excited to share this great feature article about the Texas House Farm-to-Table caucus that was published this week. It highlights the bipartisan work we’re doing to help Texans eat more healthy and local food. Take a look!

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Let’s Get Covered, Austin!

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents in the nation, and southeast Travis County is unfortunately home to many of them. Over 84,000 Latinos in the Austin area lack health insurance, and another 19,000 African-Americans have no insurance.

Thankfully, the good folks at Enroll America are working hard in our community to help individuals get access to health care.

This past weekend, I participated in an event that encouraged individuals to sign up for insurance, and spoke with volunteers before they headed door to door in Dove Springs to spread the word.

Deadlines are coming soon: uninsured individuals must be enrolled by March 31 to avoid paying a penalty.

For more information, visit www.healthcare.gov or click here to find a trained navigator near you who can help.

It’s Time To Vote!

Early voting in the 2014 primaries started Tuesday, February 18 and continues through Friday, February 28. Election Day is Tuesday, March 4th. You can vote at any early voting location, and this year you can also cast a ballot at any Election Day polling location.

Click here for a list and map of locations.

Voters are now required to show a state-issued photo ID to vote. Your drivers license or passport will work. If you need an ID, any DPS office can issue one for free. Visit KeepCalmVoteOn.com, a project of the Travis County Elections and Voter Registration divisions, to learn more.

Celebrating Three Years of No-Kill in Austin

Austin is the largest No-Kill city in the nation due to the passion and dedication of the non-profit Austin Pets Alive! (APA!). I loved serving on the Board of Directors several years ago and am so excited to see how much the organization continues to accomplish each year. In 2013, APA! rescued and found Forever Homes for 5,800 dogs and cats.

Please join me and Council Members Mike Martinez and Laura Morrison for a great party to celebrate the third anniversary of Austin’s No-Kill status and support Austin Pets Alive! The event is this Sunday, February 23 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Palm Door, 508 E. 6th Street. Purchase tickets online byclicking here.

You don’t want to miss this great event!

As always, thanks for reading Notes and Noticias. I look forward to seeing you in the community soon.