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Consensus Meeting: Louisiana Retirement Systems
LWV-Lafayette needs the help of its members on Sunday, January 25th

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Conference Room, South Regional  Library
6101 Johnston Street, corner of Doc Duhon Road
Members Only
A coming-to-consensus meeting on 11 questions concerning Louisiana’s four state retirement systems.  

Why?  Our responses will help shape the state League’s support position on state public retirement. Then for the first time, the state League can respond to retirement bills each year during the legislative session and the Lafayette League can respond to the bills with our Acadiana Legislative delegation. Each Louisiana local League will be coming to consensus.

Background? Lafayette League member John St. Julien proposed the study at state Convention in 2013. Since then, Lafayette League members Patricia Sidman and Thetis Cusimano have researched national and Louisiana sources and interviewed state retirement system staff and legislative retirement committee members to prepare study materials and readings for all Louisiana LWV members.

Who?  League members Sarah Doughty, Bruce Conque, and Thetis Cusimano will present the facilitated member dialogue. Almost half of our members attended last year’s consensus meeting for the national League’s agriculture update study. It was an exciting and stimulating group conversation based on the presentation by the study committee. Don’t miss this one—on the first state League study since the late 80's.

How to Learn More: Check out the Lafayette League's Consensus 2014 page to prepare for the meeting. Skim the consensus attached questions and readings. Three-fourths of the outside readings are short. “Funded Status of Louisiana’s Retirement Systems” runs 12 pages. “Should We Panic over Louisiana’s Public Pension Systems Or Not?” is more comprehensive and specific to Louisiana. It  includes an appendix.



HEALTH INSURANCE BASICS DOCUMENT RELEASED BY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LOUISIANA

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

League of Women Voters of Louisiana Releases Health Insurance Basics

The League of Women Voters® of Louisiana (LWVLA), a Champion for Coverage Affordable Care Act (ACA) partner, has prepared a two-page summary of helpful information including insurance enrollment deadlines, benefits of health insurance, information needed to enroll, renewal steps, current federal poverty income levels, insurance coverage options, and free local resources. The document, Insurance Basics (http://bit.ly/1HRVbPd), is available for viewing, downloading, and reproduction on the LWVLA website, http://lwvofla.org and click on Healthcare.  

In compiling this information, the League wanted to provide consumers and organizations with up-to-date and accurate information that will help people get the information they need in order to obtain health insurance. “There are organizations and individuals providing free assistance to consumers. Certified navigators, application coordinators, insurance agents, and brokers are part of the wide network helping consumers in Louisiana get insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  We know there are a lot of other activities competing for people’s time during the holidays, but helping people to get covered is certainly one of our main objectives” said Sandra Slifer, President, LWVLA. 

According to Enroll America, there are approximately 759,792 individuals without health insurance in Louisiana. Many of the uninsured are eligible for subsidy assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For instance, an individual whose annual income is between $11,670 and $46,680 or a family of four with an annual income between $23,850 and $95,400 may receive subsidy assistance under the ACA.

Open enrollment began on November 15, 2014 and will continue through February 15, 2015. The League of Women Voters of Louisiana is available to participate in health fairs and other events designed to help educate the public about their healthcare options. Please contact Slifer at sandraslifer@gmail.com or call (985)-875-9388. 

LWVLA is a nonprofit organization that most people associate with providing nonbiased voter education. In addition to the services the League provides to voters, the League is also engaged in government policy and advocacy. People are encouraged to visit the League’s website at http://lwvofla.org to learn more about the League of Women Voters. 

Link to Insurance Basics document: http://bit.ly/1HRVbPd 



Powering Lafayette's Electrical Future

A new blog developed by members of the collaboration between the Acadiana group of the Sierra Club and the Lafayette League of Women Voters has gone live. The collaboration publishes short articles on locally-relevant public information broadly related to local electrical power generation planning, governance, management, usage, costs, and potential savings.


Check out our League's Facebook page!

The latest info and chatter about matters of local, state, and national matters are found in the Lafayette league's facebook pages. Like the page and be kept up to date!


Know Your Local Government Booklet and Webguide

The League released the products of its two-year study of local governments. Both a booklet and webguide were produced. The booklet summarizes the core concepts and basic structures of our local governments in a convenient format. The webguide extends that with an in-depth look at many of our local units of government.

Understand your current local government as the community prepares to change its basic charter. "You have to know where you are before you can know where you're going!"


The League Guide to Elected Officials

The League has published the Guide to the Elected Officials for Lafayette Parish Voters, the only comprehensive source of its kind. It includes all the Louisiana officials who are elected, in whole or part, by the citizens of the parish. The Guide is presented in both html (for online reading) and pdf (for printing) formats.


Current Activities:

The League's study focusing on the potential of the Lafayette fiber project continues. League participation in the Communty Coalition for Lafayette Public Schools, which followed the League's previous study project "Everybody's Schools," remains a priority.

The League study projects are at the heart of the local League. Our studies take the point of view of the community; they are not associated with any special interest beyond local citizenship. The League members' engagement in a thorough and dispassionate exploration of local issues that seldom get such concentrated attention is one of the unique contributions of the League to its community.

The League's "Everybody's Schools"
The League School Facility Study, "Everybody's Schools," remains an active topic in Lafayette's civic and political conversation. The League continues its participation in advisory councils and makes presentations about the study in community forums. You can schedule a League speaker by email.

Of Interest: The Community Coalition for Lafayette Schools has produced its report following up the school facility issues initially addressed by the League's "Everybody's Schools." That valuable report, "State of our Schools," is availble online.

As always, public participation is encouraged and potential members welcome!