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5,000 Baltimore Medicare recipients dropped from coverage, concerns legislator

| Nov 18, 2021 | Maryland

Over the last few weeks, approximately 5,000 people in Baltimore City and Calvert County who were on the Johns Hopkins Medicine Medicare Advantage Plan received notice that their coverage ended. Their jurisdictions were removed from the program, seemingly leaving them with two choices: switch doctors and receive less coverage for...[ Read More ]

Strike avoidance and tentative agreement between Kaiser Permanente and Alliance of Health Care Unions is a “win for patients”

| Nov 18, 2021 | Hawaii

After labor-management relations and a strike authorization vote drew national attention to Kaiser Permanente, the managed care organization and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached a tentative agreement this month, which also includes the completion of Kaiser’s first-ever contract with its Hawaii employees.      Kaiser is Hawaii’s only...[ Read More ]

Seven Virginia hospitals join first-of-its-kind maternal and infant health collaborative

| Nov 18, 2021 | Virginia

A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Women’s Health aims to use in-patient data to address maternal and infant mortality. The HHS Perinatal Improvement Collaborative includes over 200 hospitals across the U.S., including some of Virginia’s most renowned health systems — University...[ Read More ]

Legislators focus on vaccinating Medicaid population, kids in Maryland

| Nov 17, 2021 | Maryland

Conversations on equitable distribution and vaccinating kids were at the forefront of the Maryland Senate Vaccine Oversight Work Group meeting on Monday. The work group, which Senate President Bill Ferguson (D - Baltimore City) convened in January 2021, monitors the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state and discusses efforts to...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference is now available!

| Nov 16, 2021 | Hawaii

The Topical Agenda for our 2022 Hawaii State of Reform Health Policy Conference on January 12 is now live! State of Reform pulls together practitioners, thought leaders, and policy makers – each working to improve our health care system in their own way – into a unified conversation in a...[ Read More ]

Virginia state senator files bill that would provide 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave

| Nov 16, 2021 | Virginia

The first bill prefiled for the 2022 Virginia Legislative Session could secure up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, benefitting caregivers across the commonwealth.      Senate bill 1, which Sen. Jennifer B. Boysko (D - Herndon) introduced on Monday, would require the Virginia Employment Commission to...[ Read More ]

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