Email update: New update on working for you | Congressman Ami Bera

Email update: New update on working for you

Mar 30, 2016
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Hope you’re having a great March! Here’s a quick update on how I’ve been working for you:

Serving you in Sacramento County

As a doctor who’s helped care for Veterans, I was glad to stop by our local Mather VA hospital and help honor Vietnam War Veterans. Many area Veterans attended to see Mather’s new and expanded emergency department. These improvements are meant to strengthen the quality of care we provide to our local heroes. 

I was also pleased to visit VoxPro, a new customer support company that opened in Folsom. The company, which provides technical support for businesses like Google, will bring hundreds of jobs to our region. It’s always great to see companies like this choosing Sacramento County and bringing quality jobs to our area.

My staff and I are here to listen and serve you however we can.

In fact, next Friday is the deadline for high school students to enter the Congressional Art Competition. The winner receives two free roundtrip tickets to Washington, D.C. to see their art on display in the U.S. Capitol! Please click here if you’d like to learn more.

And as always, we’re here to help if you’re having an issue with the federal government. My staff is continuing to hold office hours at local libraries in our area to help folks with everything from backlogged Veterans’ benefits to stalled passports. We’ve now helped local families recover more than $2.9 million in earned benefits they were owed. We’d be honored to help you too.

Please call us at (916) 635 0505 if you need help or visit my website’s Get Help page to learn more.

Addressing California’s drought

We’ve thankfully received some much-needed rain this season. But after several years of drought, our state continues to face a water shortage. I know recent water releases from Folsom Lake have caused some concern as folks cut back on their water use.

That’s why I took part in a recent Science and Technology Committee hearing on how we can strengthen drought forecasting. More accurate drought forecasting is a crucial tool we can use to improve water management of California’s reservoirs. This could help dam managers determine when they should conserve more water to help with drought conditions, or release water to protect against flooding. 

You may click here to see my remarks:

We need more flexibility at the Folsom Dam so it can serve a dual purpose – to help protect us from flooding and provide extra storage for water during drier periods. I’m continuing to work with federal and state officials so we can be pragmatic when releasing water from our local reservoir.

Please visit my Drought Relief web page to see how your family, farm, or small business may be able to get drought assistance.

Introduced bipartisan Health Savings Protection Act

As a doctor and former Chief Medical Officer of Sacramento County, one of my priorities is lowering health care costs. At a minimum, we shouldn’t punish families who are doing the right thing and saving for unforeseen health costs. 

That’s why I introduced the bipartisan Health Savings Protection Act.

The Health Savings Protection Act addresses the so-called “Cadillac tax.” The goal of this tax was to reign in excessive health care costs, but in reality, the tax would shift costs to patients. In fact, many employers have already said they may stop providing health savings accounts because they’re subject to a tax on their employees’ contributions.

My new bill addresses this issue by exempting contributions to health savings plans from being taxed.

Please click here to learn more about the Health Savings Protection Act.

It is an honor and privilege to serve you in Congress. If you have any questions or would like to share your views with me, please feel free to contact my office.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress

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