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A quarter-century ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act became the law of the land. That's 25 years of progress, of advances that have improved the lives of people with disabilities beyond what was previously possible. The Jewish community has joined in those efforts and sought to bring accessibility and awareness to the forefront. This February marks the seventh annual Jewish Disability Awareness Month, or JDAM. Read the entire article here.

Op-Ed:  Speak Out to Make U.S. More Inclusive for Disabled, February 23, 2015, JTA, by William Daroff & Lynne Landsberg

Please join AJFCA in signing a statement about the President's Executive Action on immigration. This statement, signed by national and local Jewish organizations, welcomes President Obama's executive action on immigration and urges Congress to enact meaningful reform to repair our immigration system. Agencies may read the letter and the list of current signers through this link.

If a client enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplace in 2014, they will receive Form 1095-A in the mail from the Marketplace by early February. It includes basic information that they'll need to know about their household's enrollment, premium payments, and premium tax credit amounts. Clients will need this form for filing taxes in order to fill out new Forms 8962 (Premium Tax Credit Form) and 8965 (Exemptions). If a client didn't have health coverage for all or part of 2014, their income taxes could be affected. They may have to qualify for a health coverage exemption or pay a fee with their federal income tax return. Learn more about exemptions here. 2014 Fees are $95 a person ($47.50 per child) or 1% of yearly household income. For more information about fees click here. Additional information about how the Affordable Care Act can impact taxes can be found here.