Voters Service Group

Over the past several months, our group has registered over 100 new voters and held an education forum on Constitutional Amendment #6 on the November 5 ballot.

We will be holding a series in February to educate any would-be Austin City Council candidate. We expect that many people will decide that a run for city council is now within reach since Austin has changed from at-large to ten single member districts. Our series of forums will provide information about what a council member does, as well as information about filing deadlines, costs, and rules. Information about when and where will be forthcoming, but we have reserved every Saturday in February and plan to hold a session on each of those days.

Health Care Working Group

Meets regularly to review local, state, and national issues that involve health care and public policy.

The League published two documents in 2003 and 2006 that described the health care and mental health care resources in the ATC community.   The reports also covered gaps and barriers in service.  The health care committee is conducting a “listening tour” to assess progress since those reports were published. We are studying innovations in health care delivery, and gaps and barriers to services that continue to need work.  Position statements having to do with health care and mental health services were last written in 2008.  Based on the committee’s research, those position statements will be updated for our League to support and use in advocacy work.

On October 10th, Christie Garbe, VP for Planning and Communications in Central Health (and League member), presented an overview of Central Health and the Community Care Collaborative. She explained the intricacies of funding health care services and opportunities emerging because of changes in funding and relationships between Central Health, Seton, ATCIC, other community providers, and, in the near future, the teaching hospital/medical school.

On October 24th, Dawn Handley and David Evans, the top two officials of Austin-Travis County Integral Care, spoke to the committee about current mental health services, how ATCIC will integrate with Central Health and the Community Care Collaborative, the Medicaid 1115 Waiver, and gaps and access problems.  Significant improvements and progress in mental health care has been made since the issue was researched by the League several years ago.  There are still issues that need work, but system innovations made possible with the 1115 Waiver will address some them.

The cost of medical care across the nation is no longer sustainable.  Without the complementary efforts of public health, we will never be able to drive down medical costs.  There will be a general meeting in February (open to the public) to hear organizational leaders discuss the extraordinary changes our community health care system is undergoing. Phil Huang, Travis County Medical Authority, will also be there to round out the presentation with a discussion of public health and health promotion.

The Affordable Care Act

LWV-TX  has released a publication on the Affordable Care Act entitled:
The Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Education Working Group

The education working group formed after the third community conversation about public education that the League sponsored. Our goal is to respond to the community conversation findings with advocacy efforts. We have joined forces with the E3 Alliance in their campaign to increase school attendance by posting yard signs in areas of Austin where they were most needed. We have also participated in conversations sponsored by the Texas Civil Rights Project, where we are exploring the issue of equity in Austin Public Schools. This topic is still under study.

We have also worked with AISD and PTA in numerous efforts to engage Austinites in public education policies.

Contact: Nancy Oelklaus.

Check your Photo ID against your Voter Registration Card

Check your photo ID against your voter registration card. If they don’t match, you may change your voter registration information online by clicking here. We recommend ALL voters do this to avoid delays at the polls.

  • Travis County Elections has posted easy-to-understand language about this new requirement.
  • Pro-voter organizations have created a very helpful website, where any Texas voter can find out if and how they have been affected. If you have any questions about your eligibility to vote, please visit GotIDTexas and answer the questions there. And please tell everyone you know about this very useful website.
  • Texas and the Affordable Care Act

    Texans can find assistance obtaining health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace starting on Oct. 1st, 2013. Click here to download a report published by LWV-Texas and written by Austin LWV member Grace Chimene.

    At our annual Kickoff Meeting on Sept. 15, health care expert Anne Dunkelberg described options available to Texans under the Affordable Care Act. Click here to download a copy of her presentation.

    Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting: The Affordable Care Act and YOU

    sept15This year’s featured Kick-off speaker is Anne Dunkelberg, Acting Executive Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) and one of the state’s leading experts in policy and budget issues relating to health care access. Dunkelberg will talk about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She will discuss the resources available in Central Texas to potential beneficiaries and answer such questions as:

    • What services and benefits are available via the Affordable Care Act?
    • How might the ACA improve access to health care?
    • What efforts are being made to educate the public about the ACA?
    • In addition, a member of the Travis County Clerk’s staff will provide an update on the current status of the Texas Voter ID law and how League members can help educate the public on
    what identification they will need to vote in November.

    In addition a member of the Travis County Clerk’s staff will provide an update on the current status of the Texas Voter ID law and how all Volunteer Deputy Registrars can help educate the public.

    Sunday, September 15, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    Trinity United Methodist Church Sanctuary
    4001 Speedway, corner 40th Street.
    Parking across the street.
    This event is free and open to the public.