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Join me and leaders from Tri-County Health Department, CDPHE and CDLE as we answer your questions and provide the latest information and resources regarding COVID-19, vaccine distribution in Colorado, and unemployment benefits. Click here to sign up to receive a call when the event starts.


covid in colorado

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

Currently, Coloradans who are 70 years or older are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning February 8, Coloradans age 65-69 as well as PK-12 educators and staff and childcare workers are eligible to get vaccinated.

Jefferson County and Adams County are offering several opportunities for those 70 and above to receive a vaccine. 
- Jeffco Public Health 70+ Vaccination Clinic
- Adams County and Platte Valley Medical Center 70+ Vaccination Clinic

Click here for a list of vaccine providers in Adams County and Jefferson County. As always, my office is here to help and answer questions at (303) 274-7944.

VACCINES FOR COLORADO VETERANS

Currently, Veterans enrolled with VA health care and who are 70 years and older or a frontline essential worker are eligible to receive a COVID vaccine. Veterans should receive a text message prompting you to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment as appointments become available. Eligible Veterans can also call (888) 336-8262 to schedule a time to receive their vaccine. Please be advised that there will be a wait time when contacting the call center and callers should remain patient.

The Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center plans to hold vaccine clinics on February 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 25. Click here for up-to-date information and additional resources.

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

This week, claimants were once again able to apply for federal benefits through the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment. These benefits, made available through the COVID relief package passed in December, will be done in phases. Phase I will include anyone who still had payable weeks left on their PUA and PEUC. In addition, the weekly $300 supplement will start going out to these folks and anyone on regular unemployment. To determine if you have a remaining balance, log onto your MyUI+ account. 

We understand call center wait times are long and many of you are still experiencing issues with your benefits. We are here to try and help as best we can. Contact us at (303) 274-7944 or perlmuttercasework@mail.house.gov, or participate in our Telephone Town Hall on Monday to get your questions answered directly from CDLE.

Click below for current employment opportunities:

 - February 11, 2021 | Virtual Veterans Employment and Resource Expo
The event will run from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Click here to register.

 - Connecting Colorado currently has postings for more than 79,000 jobs at connectingcolorado.com.

BUSINESS RESOURCES

ADAMS COUNTY
As part of Adams County’s ongoing COVID-19 emergency response and recovery strategy, the county will be applying for, administering, and distributing a portion of these funds to the Adams County business community. The county’s Small Business Relief Program offers a one-time award in amounts of $3,500, $5,000, $7,000 per business applicant based on company annual income. Learn more and apply here.

JEFFERSON COUNTY 
Jefferson County has applied to the State of Colorado to be eligible for the grant and distribute the small business relief payments to eligible small businesses. Small businesses would receive a maximum $7,000 grant with this program. Eligible businesses include: 
• Restaurants 
• Bars with an established liquor license
• Caterers
• Movie theaters
• Fitness and recreational, sports centers 
The application period is extended to February 8, at 6 p.m. (MST). Learn more and apply here.

In addition, each county is participating in the state's 5-Star Certification Program. Click below to learn more:
 - Adams County
 - Jefferson County


new open enrollment period

In an effort to help Americans who have lost their health insurance coverage due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Biden recently issued an executive order reopening the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act to help expand access to health insurance during this public health emergency. No one should be denied access to health insurance during a public health emergency, and I’m glad to see President Biden take action to ensure more Americans have access to sign up for health care coverage.

Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s health exchange marketplace, will re-open enrollment for Coloradans beginning February 8th through May 15th. Coverage will begin on the first day of the month following enrollment, for instance if you enroll in February your coverage will begin March 1st. 

Connect for Health Colorado offers individuals and families a one-stop-shop to compare policies, sign up for high-quality, affordable health insurance, and receive financial assistance. For more information or to enroll, visit connectforhealthco.com or call (855) 752-6749. 


stock market volatility

For millions of hardworking Americans, the stock market is a vehicle for growing savings for retirement, to send kids to college, or to save up for a down payment on a home. But the foundation of an efficient market is rooted in fairness— that all investors play by the same set of rules and have access to the same information. The recent events surrounding GameStop has resulted in increased market volatility and trading volume over the last few weeks, leading to several brokerage platforms suspending or restricting purchases of shares of GameStop and other volatile stocks. 


My biggest concern in this scenario is with the small investors and constituents who had the rules changed on them late in the game and who were left holding the bag. Congress needs to investigate the transactions and sequence of events to better understand what exactly happened, and if retail investors were treated unfairly. The House Financial Services Committee, of which I’m a member, plans to hold a hearing on the issue on February 18th. I look forward to asking questions during the hearing and working to ensure we prevent small investors from getting hurt in the future.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy at 1-800-732-0330 or email them at Help@SEC.gov.


local heroes

While United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick is not from Colorado, this week we honored him as he lied in honor in the U.S. Capitol for his heroic actions during the January 6th attack. Officer Sicknick exemplified the bravery and self-sacrifice that so many members of our law enforcement demonstrate every day as they protect our communities and our country. Thank you Officer Sicknick for your service to our country, and my deepest sympathies go out to your fellow officers, friends and family.

Photo Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
My friend and colleague, Rep. French Hill (R-AR) and I introduced a resolution to honor the service of USCP officers on Jan. 6, including Officer Sicknick who is only the fourth USCP officer in history to be killed in the line of duty. 

I also want to recognize and honor Laura Schwartzenberger, an FBI agent and Colorado native who was killed while executing a federal search warrant in Sunrise, Florida this week.

And we can’t forget the critical role of National Guard members this past year as troops were deployed across the country to work on the frontlines against the deadly COVID-19 virus. In Colorado, the Guard assisted in administering more than 110,000 COVID 19 tests in more than 28 Colorado counties, served as logisticians for PPE warehousing, packaging, and distribution to designated community organizations, and augmented more than 13 local emergency operation centers around Colorado. The Colorado National Guard’s COVID-19 mission is now the largest and longest activation of the National Guard in our state’s history.

I was glad I could help a National Guardsman from Delaware become a U.S. citizen as a small token of my appreciation for all the National Guard troops coming to the aid and defense of our country.


While we live in a divisive and chaotic time, our country can come together through shared values including honoring and appreciating those who put country first, no matter the price. A grateful Congressman and nation thanks you.


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