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Senate confirms Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of Health

| Apr 7, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland Senate confirmed Dennis R. Schrader as Secretary of Health in a 45-2 vote with Sens. Clarence Lam and Mary Washington being the two dissenters.     Schrader stepped into the role of Acting Secretary of Health after Robert R. Neall retired on Dec. 1. The choice was seen...[ Read More ]

Senate Democrats file bill to expand Medicaid

| Apr 6, 2021 | North Carolina

Senate Democrats recently filed SB 402 to expand Medicaid, which they say would insure 600,000 North Carolinians and bring the state billions of dollars worth of economic benefits and federal aid. Representative Verla Insko filed similar legislation last month with HB 316.     At a press conference Tuesday morning,...[ Read More ]

Maryland becomes second state to join Counseling Compact

| Apr 6, 2021 | Maryland

The Maryland state legislature recently passed SB 571, known as the Counseling Compact. The legislation allows for an interstate compact among states that gives professional counselors the ability to practice across state lines in other states within the compact agreement. The bill is now waiting on Gov. Larry Hogan’s signature...[ Read More ]

Senator Griffith joins GoVAX ambassador team

| Apr 5, 2021 | Maryland

Senator Melony Griffith, Senate president pro tem, has joined the Maryland Department of Health’s GoVAX campaign as an ambassador.     Maryland Department of Health Acting Secretary Dennis R. Schrader said Griffith’s visibility and service record make her an important addition to the GoVAX team.     At only an...[ Read More ]

NC hospital association supports expanded Medicaid inclusion in budget

| Apr 5, 2021 | North Carolina

The North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) issued a statement supporting the inclusion of Medicaid expansion in Gov. Ron Cooper’s budget. North Carolina is one of only 12 states that has yet to take advantage of the expanding the coverage to low-income individuals in a way that is mostly funded by...[ Read More ]

Northam signs legislation expanding number of qualified vaccinators

| Apr 5, 2021 | Virginia

Governor Ralph Northam recently signed two pieces of legislation that expands Virginia’s pool of health care providers eligible to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. House Bill 2333, sponsored by Del. Lamont Bagby, and its sibling bill SB 1445, sponsored by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, authorize dentists, dental hygienists, veterinarians, optometrists and health...[ Read More ]

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