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Baltimore organization working to reduce maternal hypertension

| Dec 17, 2021 | Maryland

Baltimore Healthy Start has been selected as a Phase 1 winner for a $3.3 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health this month. The HHS Hypertension Innovator Award Competition will offer funds to support organizations that “demonstrate sustainability and the ability to...[ Read More ]

Hawaii to shut down quarantine facilities, despite COVID case spike

| Dec 17, 2021 | Hawaii

Despite a recent surge in cases partly from the Omicron variant, the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) announced today that it would end operations of all state-operated quarantine facilities on Dec. 31, 2021.      The quarantine facility closures follow a Nov. 29 emergency proclamation from Gov. David Ige that...[ Read More ]

'What is the price of a life?' The path ahead for health equity in Maryland and beyond

| Dec 16, 2021 | Maryland

For two years, the term “vaccine hesitancy” permeated public health dialogue around the country. In Prince George’s County, where 62% of residents are Black and 20% are Latino/Latinx, the term was often linked to the community as the state determined its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans, according to Stephen Thomas, Ph.D,...[ Read More ]

$30 million SAMHSA grant could boost Florida’s harm reduction programs

| Dec 14, 2021 | Florida

A first-of-its-kind grant program under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will provide nearly $30 million over three years to support community-based harm reduction services at the state, local, and tribal government levels.      Nationwide overdose deaths reached over 100,000 during a 12-month period for the...[ Read More ]

CMS telehealth update ensures audio-only services remain covered after PHE ends

| Dec 10, 2021 | Maryland

This week, CMS released a supplemental document to the State Medicaid & CHIP Telehealth Toolkit, which offered guidance on state policies regarding coverage for telehealth services. The provision ensures audio-only coverage will be included.     Specifically, the supplement clarifies that coverage for audio-only services will remain in place after...[ Read More ]

Nursing home and insurance affordability support heading to Virginia General Assembly

| Dec 10, 2021

Legislative recommendations to support insurance affordability, nursing homes, and home and community based services (HCBS) in Virginia will make their way to the General Assembly as a result of the Joint Commission On Health Care’s final meeting of the year. The Commission also voted on the selection of its 2022...[ Read More ]

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