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Q&A: MHA's Nicole Stallings explains health equity wins in legislative session

| Apr 21, 2021 | Maryland

Nicole Stallings, senior vice president of the Maryland Hospital Association, says the legislative session resulted in several health policy wins that will benefit all Marylanders. In an interview with State of Reform, Stallings breaks down the session successes and explains why they matter. Stallings will also be a panelist in...[ Read More ]

Maryland third in nation for vaccinating Black individuals

| Apr 20, 2021 | Maryland

As of Friday, Maryland had vaccinated 27.5% of its Black population — making it the third highest in that metric in the country behind Oregon and New Mexico, according to a report by Bloomberg. The same report finds Maryland is 9th in the nation for vaccinating Asian individuals and 12th...[ Read More ]

Momnibus bills moving through NC General Assembly

| Apr 19, 2021

The North Carolina General Assembly is taking on the issue of Black maternal mortality this session with bills in both chambers aimed at improving health outcomes for Black birthing people. The bills, referred to as the North Carolina Momnibus Act, also address the social determinants and the implicit biases among...[ Read More ]

Office of Equity highlights recent wins in racism battle

| Apr 16, 2021

Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Health Equity updated community members on several key initiatives and new legislation that will help improve equity in the commonwealth, including a bill that recognizes racism as a public health crisis     Kasongo Butler, program manager for Elite Business...[ Read More ]

NC representatives file several health bills ahead of deadline

| Apr 16, 2021

A flurry of bills were recently filed by North Carolina representatives in an effort to beat the Tuesday deadline. The Senate’s deadline was April 6. The crossover deadline for bills to make it to the opposite chamber is May 13.     Here are some health-related bills recently filed in...[ Read More ]

Hospital inpatient rates plummet during pandemic

| Apr 15, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a 10% drop in inpatient volumes in 2020 and a 31% volume drop within the first four weeks of the first reported case, according to data presented in a Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association online event.     Inpatient volumes increased somewhat around Memorial Day, but...[ Read More ]