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GoVAX uses sound truck to spread info in Prince George's neighborhoods

| Feb 19, 2021 | Maryland

A sound truck will make its way through Prince George’s County neighborhoods starting Saturday in an effort to reach those who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The outreach is part of Maryland Department of Health’s efforts to encourage individuals to get vaccinated.     The mobile public...[ Read More ]

Opioid-related deaths soar in first three quarters of 2020

| Feb 18, 2021 | Maryland

There were 2,025 unintentional intoxication deaths involving drugs and alcohol in Maryland in 2020 through the third quarter. This represents a 12.1% increase from the same time period of 2019 when the state had 1,806 such fatalities, according to a report released recently by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center....[ Read More ]

Senate committee hears arguments in favor of racial data collection, nurse delegation

| Feb 16, 2021 | Maryland

The Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee heard several health-related bills Tuesday, including ones that pertain to race and ethnicity data collection and what tasks nurses are able to delegate to medical assistants.     Senator Melony Griffith is sponsoring SB0565 which would alter a provision that requires the collection...[ Read More ]

5 Things Maryland: Q&A w/Del. Peña-Melnyk, "Chronic COVID," Long-term care bills

| Feb 10, 2021 | Maryland

A big thanks to Joe DeMattos and his members at the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. They are the first sponsor of our upcoming 2021 Maryland State of Reform Health Policy Conference in May. We'll have more details for you on that virtual conference in the weeks ahead. Until then,...[ Read More ]

House committee hears testimony on bills related to long-term care

| Feb 8, 2021 | Maryland

The House Health and Government Operations Committee heard testimony last week on bills that pertain to the long-term care industry. House Bill 303, sponsored by Del. Vaughn Stewart, would prohibit long-term care insurance coverage rate increases for those 85 years or older and who have held their policies for at...[ Read More ]

Senate unanimously passes $1.5B RELIEF Act with amendments

| Feb 8, 2021 | Maryland

The Senate unanimously passed the $1.5 billion COVID-19 Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs and Families (RELIEF) Act Friday. The bill was originally proposed by Gov. Larry Hogan as a $1 billion package. The Senate tacked on an additional $520 million of relief with its Maryland Senate Recovery Now...[ Read More ]

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