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Northam signs legislation expanding number of qualified vaccinators

| Apr 5, 2021

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 ]

Q&A: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Executive Director Michele Eberle explains push to get more Marylanders insured

| Apr 2, 2021 | Maryland

Michele Eberle is the executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and is passionate about increasing the number of Marylanders with health insurance. This year, the Maryland Health Connection extended its Coronavirus Special Enrollment Period to Aug. 15, which aligns with the federal special enrollment period.     Shawna...[ Read More ]

Substance abuse grants awarded to Appalachian programs

| Apr 2, 2021

Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) INvestments Supporting Partnerships in Recovery Ecosystems awarded $1.1 million in grants for three projects in the Appalachian region of Virginia that will focus on substance abuse disorders and providing a path that allows individuals to re-enter the workforce.     Governor Ralph Northam, who serves as...[ Read More ]

CareFirst recognized for member retention and renewal

| Apr 1, 2021 | Maryland

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield received the Brand Excellence Award for Member Retention from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). CareFirst, a nonprofit that serves 3.4 million people, received the awards for high renewal rates.     Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is honored to be recognized during this challenging year,...[ Read More ]

Arlington County is healthiest in Virginia, yet disparities still exist

| Apr 1, 2021

Arlington County is the healthiest county in Virginia, according to Wisconsin Population Health Institute’s annual County Health Rankings. Loudoun, Falls Church City, Fairfax and Alexandria City are also in the top five. The five counties with the poorest health, starting with least healthy, are the cities of Petersburg, Galax, Covington, Martinsville and Hopewell....[ Read More ]

Northam signs bills, but sends budget back for tweaks

| Mar 31, 2021

Governor Ralph Northam returned Virginia’s budget bill to the General Assembly today with some amendments, including $1 million in additional funds for the public health education campaign to prevent the use of marijuana.     In all, Northam proposed 12 amendments that are language-only changes and five that will increase...[ Read More ]

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