Whether you’re for or against it, the Affordable Care Act is here. Wondering what is all means? Here’s some information and links we received in an email from our friends at Rock the Vote.
“We get it. The Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is confusing, and it doesn’t help that everybody and their mother has a different opinion about it. So here are the important facts you need to know:
Are you under 26? You can stay on your parents’ health insurance. No sweat!
Do you have a job? Your employer might have healthcare benefits available. Check to see if this is an option.
Are you older than 26 and do not have healthcare through work? You can now enroll at www.healthcare.gov (and at a competitive price too!).
Opting out? Starting next year, you will have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance. The penalty starts small, but will increase gradually over the next few years.
Over 19 million Americans ages 18-34 do not have health coverage. Don’t be a statistic. Enroll today and #GetCovered.
It’s a difficult moment for those of us who are New Yorkers living well outside of the destructive path that Hurricane Sandy took earlier this week. There is a strong impulse in all of us to DO something. Well, you can.
Donate money and blood to the Red Cross. Over 100 blood drives were canceled in the New York Metropolitan area last week due to the storm. Blood supplies are reported to be very low. Equally as important, take the money you would spend on gas and travel to help out in New York City and donate it to the Red Cross. I have included two links below, one from our friends at the New York Metropolitan Area for Public Service (Genea Stewart) and for the NY Red Cross. Both are great ways to stay in touch with recovery efforts.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about voting these last few days and would like to let you know that you do not need to present a voter registration card in order to vote. You will only need a photo I.D. If for any reason you would like to request a new one please contact the board of elections in the county in which you are currently registered.
Come down on Tuesday, November 6th to our Election Night Celebration with your peers from 8 pm to midnight in the Campus Center Food Court! There will be pizza, drinks, games, and your chance to win an iPad mini along with some other great prizes. We will also be holding a pizza election for Oswego”s Best Pizza between Mark’s, Bridge Street Pizza, Dominoes, Pizza Hut, the Pie Guys, Gino and Joe’s, and Cam’s. Of course, you’ll have to taste them all first!
So the last few days have been filled with updates, planning, meetings, footwork, and emails. But, with election day just 5 days away, we will soon be able see the fruit of all our hard work. Our final numbers were just over 1,300 registration and absentee ballot applications, which means the Board of Elections had their hands full. We want to thank them for putting up with all our questions and helping us out a great deal throughout this process. After the polls close, we will be in the Campus Center Food Court celebrating democracy from 8pm to midnight, maybe later. As a non-partisan political organization, it is important sometimes to look past the politics of the election and remember how great it is that we have the opportunity to have people represent our views. We’ve had great support from other organizations on campus and together we’re looking to make this a really big, fun event for the campus.
One last note, we’re trying to grow Civic Engagement on our campus to being more than just words on a page, meetings, and a few select people being heavily involved. With that, I am welcoming anyone who is interested in becoming a contributing writer on this blog to please email us at Civic@oswego.edu. This is a small step forward to getting more students involved with what we do on a regular basis and to show other students that it is important to be engaged politically.