Congressman Hank Johnson's E-Newsletter for April 5, 2018
Congressman Johnson speaks at the Let Freedom Ring! 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Dr. King’s Death at Stone Mountain, Ga., Wednesday, April 4, 2018. For video of his remarks, visit Facebook.
2018 AFFORDABLE CARE ACT ENROLLMENT: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported this week that 11.8 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in an Exchange for 2018. While it’s encouraging that consumers are keeping their healthcare coverage, it’s troubling to hear premiums have doubled thanks to my colleagues in Congress who are working so hard to derail the Affordable Care Act by reducing enrollment, dismantling protections and taking away subsidies for millions of Americans. For more, click HERE.
ARTS COMPETITION: I recently announced the opening of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for all high school students who reside or attend a school in Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District. For more, click HERE.
MEDICARE CARDS: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is preparing to issue Medicare cards that will use new unique numbers in place of Social Security numbers. CMS is mailing new cards to beneficiaries this month. For more, click HERE.
TPS PERMITS EXTENDED THROUGH SEPT. 27: Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation who want to maintain their status through Sept. 30, 2019 must re-register before May 4, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation, have been published in the Federal Register and on the USCIS website. For more, click HERE.
Effective April 2nd, USCIS will destroy Permanent Resident Cards, Employment Authorization Cards and Travel Documents returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service after 60 business days if USCIS is not contacted by the document’s intended recipient to provide the correct address. USCIS encourages applicants to report a change of address within 10 days of relocation using the procedures outlined at HERE.
PREVENT HOME FIRES: Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. As a result, the Red Cross set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the United States by 25 percent. Fire safety can be as simple as these two steps.
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