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OPEN ENROLLMENT: NOVEMBER 1 - JANUARY 12
Open enrollment for 2018 Colorado health insurance coverage began November 1, 2017 and will end January 12, 2018. However, to ensure you have coverage starting January 1, 2018, consumers need to secure coverage by December 15, 2017. If you sign up for coverage between December 16, 2017 and January 12, 2018, your coverage will not take effect until February 1, 2018. Visit www.connectforhealthco.com to learn more and sign up for coverage today.

In states that use Healthcare.gov as their health insurance exchange, the federal government has set December 15, 2017 as the end date for open enrollment. Because Colorado operates its own health insurance marketplace, the state is able to control advertising, the length of open enrollment, and the resources and help they can provide.


TAX BILL HURTS HARDWORKING FAMILIES

House Republicans released their tax plan last week. While I agree it’s time to clean up the tax code, this proposal will cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations, leaving higher taxes for the hardworking people in the middle. According to the Tax Policy Center, the bill also adds more than $1.5 trillion to the national debt over 10 years, and today’s announcement makes clear it could be significantly more.

True tax reform has been talked about by individuals, businesses, and members of both political parties for years. We should be working together to reform our tax code in a simple and fair way that is more conducive for economic growth and makes it simpler to file. But threatening important programs like Medicare and Medicaid and hurting investments in seniors, healthcare, education, science, and environmental protection is unacceptable.

We should reform our tax code, but to do that we have to responsibly look at both sides of the ledger - expenses and income. That's the way businesses get ahead, and that's the way America will get ahead. I hope House leadership will work with Democrats to develop a real bipartisan proposal instead of what I believe is a massive tax cut for the wealthy.


SURVEY: THE PRESIDENT, TAX REFORM

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STUDY HIGHLIGHTS NEED TO REVIEW RULE FOR ESTABLISHING QUIET ZONES

Last week, the Government Accountability Office released its study on railroad quiet zones. I asked for the study in an amendment which was included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act signed into law in December 2015. 

The report confirms what communities in my district have been telling me for years: the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) needs to standardize and simplify their process because currently establishing quiet zones are costly, burdensome, and lack clear guidance. I’m glad GAO can help shine a spotlight on the problems facing communities wanting to establish quiet zones to reduce train horn noise, improve safety, and allow continued economic development near railways.

The report makes clear that while there are no federal sources of funding specifically for establishing quiet zones, significant costs can be incurred by local communities to meet strict safety requirements often requiring significant consultation and approval from FRA. Additionally, the report acknowledges the lack of research on the benefits of establishing quiet zones such as improved quality of life, economic development, and safety improvements to the crossings.

I hope the FRA takes this report to heart and works quickly to reopen the 2005 train horn rule to find ways to improve coordination between the FRA and local communities and simplify the quiet zone process. My constituents and communities face train noise issues every day of the year. I look forward to continuing to work with the FRA to improve the 2005 rule and issue new guidance so our communities can be safe while also seeing relief from train horns.


UPCOMING EVENTS
What: Senior Resource Fair - Hosted by Rep. Perlmutter, this event will provide information on mobility services, health care and other senior services offered in our community.
When: Friday, November 17 | 10:00am to Noon
Where: Wheat Ridge Rec Center | 4005 Kipling Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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What: District Office Open House - Rep. Perlmutter will host his annual open house at his district office located in Lakewood.
When: Saturday, December 2 | 10:00am to Noon
Where: 12600 W. Colfax Avenue, suite B-400 | Lakewood, CO 80215
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