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Maryland House healthcare policy committee holds first meeting of 2023

James Sklar | Jan 20, 2023 | Maryland

On January 12th, 2023, the first committee meeting for Maryland’s Health and Government Committee featured input from a few healthcare agencies regarding their responsibilities and priority goals for this upcoming legislative session.     Maryland Department of Health Dennis Schrader, secretary of health for the Maryland Department of Health (MDH),...[ Read More ]

Maryland legislators want healthcare pilot program to become permanent

James Sklar | Jan 20, 2023 | Maryland

Several years ago, Maryland legislators wanted to address their constituents’ mental healthcare needs using patient-centered and data-driven models. Therefore, in 2018, legislators established a Collaborative Care Pilot Program to reach, diagnose, and treat Medicaid patients who have access to primary care but may not have received needed behavioral healthcare.  ...[ Read More ]

Maryland’s new bill to expand healthcare for small business employees

James Sklar | Jan 12, 2023 | Maryland

While there are around 620,214 small businesses in Maryland, which employ over 1.2 million employees in the state, the Baltimore Sun reports that only about 37% of small businesses in the state of Maryland provide health coverage to their employees compared to 95% of large employers who provide their employees...[ Read More ]

Last-minute omnibus funding for Maryland’s healthcare facilities

James Sklar | Jan 10, 2023 | Maryland

On December 23rd, 2022, President Biden signed into law a $1.7 trillion year-long federal omnibus bill for fiscal year 2023. From that bill, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin (both D-MD) announced that they have secured $35,694,377 in direct federal funding for local projects in Western Maryland through...[ Read More ]

Q&A: MHA’s Nicole Stallings discusses biggest needs for Maryland hospitals heading into 2023

James Sklar | Dec 15, 2022 | Maryland

Like hospitals and health systems in much of the nation, Maryland’s healthcare system is facing myriad challenges. These include a historic workforce shortage, unprecedented financial strain, and a behavioral healthcare crisis. In this interview, Nicole Stallings, Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer at the Maryland Hospital Association, discusses...[ Read More ]

Maryland launches new program to help reduce suicides for veterans

James Sklar | Dec 14, 2022 | Maryland

In 2021, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration partnered with the US Department of Veteran Affairs to initiate a challenge for states and cities.      The effort is called Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenges to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF). Made up of...[ Read More ]