Weekly Update: NY State of Health Exchange Now Open, Native American Heritage Month

Nov 6, 2020

Dear Friend,

Today, each of us woke up in a world that felt uncertain, but democracy is working the way it was always supposed to: ballots, both in-person and absentee, are getting counted. I remain committed to ensuring that every single voice – here in New York and across the country – is heard in this election.

An important announcement this week; open enrollment for health insurance has begun. New York State’s open enrollment period runs from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 – more information on this and other updates below.

COVID Data Update
Confirmed Cases: 48,850,917
Deaths: 1,235,985
*data from Johns Hopkins

United States
Confirmed Cases: 9,07,336
Deaths: 234,927
*data from Johns Hopkins

New York State
Confirmed Cases: 518,812
Deaths: 33,657
Testing Positivity: 3.41%
*data from Johns Hopkins

New York City
Confirmed Cases: 259,005
Hospitalizations: 59,277
Deaths: 24,047
-- Confirmed: 19,384
-- Probable: 4,663
*data from NYC Health

Health Insurance Open Enrollment
New York State’s open enrollment period began on Sunday, November 1 and will run through Sunday, January 31.

You can compare plans, calculate your costs, see if you are eligible for financial assistance, get enrollment help, and sign up for the plan that is right for you and your family at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

Seeking Information on Trump Administration’s Efforts to Withhold Federal Funds from Cities Deemed “Anarchist Jurisdictions”
On Monday, I sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr and a letter to Russell T. Vought, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), requesting information on unprecedented efforts by the Trump Administration to withhold federal funds from Seattle, New York City, and Portland, Oregon—cities that they have spuriously designated “anarchist jurisdictions.”

This bizarre treatment of great American cities appears to be political retaliation by President Trump against municipal authorities that have refused to abet a brutal federal response to peaceful protests for racial equity in law enforcement. My colleagues and I are demanding that the Administration cease implementation of this plainly vindictive, erroneous, and almost certainly unconstitutional memorandum and policy.

Read more here.

Native American Heritage Month
This November, as we honor and celebrate Native American heritage and customs, and the rich contributions indigenous peoples have made to our country, we recognize that we must do better in ensuring that these communities are given the respect and resources they need and deserve from the federal government.

The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native American communities especially hard, devastating communities which were without the support they need and deserve. During this Native American Heritage Month, I urge Americans to reflect on systemic racism and failures of the federal government to uphold its responsibility to Native Nations that brought us to this point.

Native Americans have overcome many difficulties since the onset of colonization, including genocide, forced relocation, and assimilation. It is a testament to these communities that they have ensured that the cultures, languages, and traditions of their ancestors live on. As we celebrate the resiliency of Native communities, I recommit to ensuring that the federal government upholds tribal sovereignty and that we not only recognize the dark history that has led to inequities today, but also learn from it as we build a more equitable and vibrant future for all.

As always, your concerns still and always remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.

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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress