District 34 Update October 1st, 2021

Happy October! It was another busy week in District 34.

I was honored to join Senator Amy Klobuchar, Governor Terry McAuffile, Senator Jennifer McClellan, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and many of my colleagues for a “Women for Terry” event. With a Democratic Majority, the General Assembly was able to pass the ERA and fight to protect reproductive rights. Valuing women means investing in their health and well being. 

This week I had the opportunity to tour the new Capital One Center, a large retail and cultural arts destination located in Tysons Corner. It is remarkable and includes a breathtaking performing arts center, a hotel and an engaging outdoor space for families to relax and enjoy. It will contribute to our growing economy in Northern Virginia. 

On Monday, I participated in a forum with the The Arc of NoVA and Autism Society. These organizations have done great work to support our communities and families. Healthcare is a top priority for our Democratic Majority in Richmond. We expanded Medicaid, providing affordable health insurance for 400-thousand Virginians. We also capped the cost of insulin, established the Maternal Health Data Taskforce and increased transparency in pharmaceutical drug pricing. 

I also founded the Rare Disease Caucus and successfully passed legislation to help those with debilitating rare diseases get the life saving medical coverage they deserve. I was recently recognized by the ‘EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases’ for my bill to require insurance companies to cover a life saving formula for individuals with PKU. On Sunday, Governor Northam announced the appointments to the Rare Disease Council. I am looking forward to the impactful work that they will take on. 

This upcoming Sunday I hope you’ll stop by the McLean Project of the Arts Artfest at the McLean Central Park. Each year I sponsor a booth featuring the work of artists with disabilities. For more information visit their website here: https://mpaart.org.  

I've been out in the community talking to constituents and I'm so grateful for all of the support for my work and accomplishments.

Below you will find the latest update on COVID-19, campaign updates and community events. You can reach with any questions you may have at DelKMurphy@house.virginia.gov 

Sincerely,

Delegate Kathleen Murphy

 

COVID-19 Update

Fairfax County Health Department has begun providing booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who meet new CDC guidelines for a booster dose.

Who is eligible for an additional booster dose now?

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings
  • People aged 18–64 years with underlying medical conditions
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting

The recommendations from the CDC and VDH do not include individuals who received the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines. 

Booster doses are available for eligible people from pharmacies, medical providers, hospitals and the Fairfax County Health Department. Go to www.vaccines.gov to make an appointment.  

Need a New Vaccine card? Use the VDH Vaccination Record Request Portal to view and print a QR code record of your COVID-19 vaccinations. 


 

Redistricting Commission NoVA Public Hearing

October 4, 2021. 4:00 p.m.  

Register here before 12pm on 10/3/21.

 

There are a number of ways members of the public can help shape the maps as they are being developed. For more information: virginiaredistricting.org

 

 

 

 Fairfax Connector Bus Service Community Input Meetings

Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is seeking community input on a proposed plan for bus service provided by Fairfax Connector in the Centreville, Chantilly, Vienna, Tysons (CCVT) and neighboring areas, such as McLean and West Falls Church. 

After a previous round of community engagement, FCDOT has developed a preferred plan for improved Fairfax Connector bus service in the CCVT areas. The plan aims to improve on-time performance and streamline service to meet the needs of the community and commuters.   

Community feedback is essential for developing service improvement recommendations that work for passengers with a goal of increased mobility, better access to destinations, improved travel times, increased schedule reliability and more effective transit operations.

 

Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Join Online

Join by phone: 1-844-621-3956 

Access code: 179 163 8239

 

Community members who would benefit from translation services or ADA accommodations should contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711, no later than seven business days prior to the meeting to arrange accommodations. 

FCDOT also encourages the public to provide feedback by completing an online survey by October 18, 2021.

More information here.

      

Other way to submit Public Comments:

Email feedback to fairfaxconnector@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Call Fairfax Connector at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.

Mail comments to:

 Fairfax County Department of Transportation

4050 Legato Road, Suite 400,

 Fairfax, VA 22033.



 

Individual and Family Support Program Funds Available

IFSP-Funding provides direct assistance to families and individuals who are on Virginia’s DD Waiver Waiting List. Individuals with a developmental disability who are on the DD Waiver Waiting List, or their family members are eligible to apply. IFSP funds cover the cost of a variety of items that will help an individual who is living in a community setting

The program often funds respite, camps, skill building classes, and medical support not funded by other programs. You can fill out an application online until October 4th.  Then submit your application before midnight on October 7, 2021 to be considered for funding.



 

Campaign Updates

It’s Early Vote!  Make sure you're registered to vote and find your polling location at iwillvote.com. 

I am pleased to announce that Emgage PAC has endorsed my campaign for re-election. I have always fought for a more inclusive community and will continue to fight to protect human rights. Thank you Emgage PAC, I appreciate your support.

 

 

Upcoming Events

Door Knocking for Democrats

When: Every Sat & Sun

Where: 1333 Chain Bridge Rd. McLean, VA

 

Weekly Virtual Phonebank for Democrats

When: Every Tues- Thurs

Where: Online

 

Don't Texas Virginia - March! with Network NOVA

When: Oct 2nd @ 11AM

Where: Washington, DC

 

Vienna Oktoberfest

When: Oct 2nd 11AM-7PM

Where: Church St. Vienna

 

McLean Project for the Arts Artfest

When: Oct 3rd 10AM-4PM

Where: McLean Central Park

 

Dranesville Democrats Fall Fest

When: Oct 3rd 4-6PM

Where: Address provided upon RSVP