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Failing grade for Maryland and their prison system response to COVID-19

| Sep 3, 2021 | Maryland

More than 2,700 people in the US prison system have died from COVID-19, and one out of every three incarcerated individuals have been infected since the pandemic began.  In a report released by the Prison Policy Initiative, Maryland received a “D-” (62%) for its response to COVID-19 in prisons, an...[ Read More ]

Mandates on the rise in Maryland in response to increase in COVID cases

| Sep 2, 2021 | Maryland

Over the course of 24 hours, 1,272 new COVID-19 cases and 16 new deaths were reported in Maryland. This comes the day after Gov. Larry Hogan’s vaccine mandate went into effect for Maryland nursing home and hospital employees. The vaccine mandate from Gov. Hogan comes alongside a slew of other...[ Read More ]

Maryland Board of Education approves universal school mask mandate

| Aug 26, 2021 | Maryland

A universal school mask mandate was passed by the Maryland Board of Education (MBE) with almost unanimous support on Thursday.  The board held a special meeting to vote on whether or not to implement an emergency regulation mandating universal mask-wearing for schools in the state.     Before being enacted,...[ Read More ]

$60 million allocated to improve health disparities in Maryland’s underserved communities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

Minority health disparities cost Maryland over $1 billion per year in direct medical costs, according to a presentation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  In response to increasing health disparities resulting from COVID-19, the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act -- signed into law in May -- is...[ Read More ]

Decisive leadership leads to high vaccination rates in Maryland long term care facilities

| Aug 25, 2021 | Maryland

As of August 18th, 89% of nursing home residents and 79% of staff are vaccinated against COVID-19 in Maryland.  These are some of the highest vaccination rates in the country thanks to strong leadership and decisive action, says Joe DeMattos, CEO of Health Facilities Association of Maryland.     In...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Coordinated Care CEO Beth Johnson on their Coordinated Care Harvest Bucks program

| Aug 19, 2021 | Washington

Coordinated Care’s recently launched program provides prescription vouchers for fruits and vegetables for people experiencing food insecurity in Washington.  State of Reform sat down with Beth Johnson, CEO of Coordinated Care, to discuss food insecurities, how the Coordinated Care Harvest Bucks program is helping those in need, and what’s next...[ Read More ]