Baltimore County Launches Age-Friendly Initiative

County Joins Nationwide Network of Communities Dedicated to Improving Quality of Life for All Residents Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski yesterday launched the Age-Friendly Baltimore County initiative, an effort that aims to ensure all people, regardless of age, who live, work, play, raise their families and age in Baltimore County do so with the best quality of life possible. "A better Baltimore County is one where all residents feel welcome and can take comfort in…

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New Maryland Dental Insurance Small But Important Step Forward for Coverage

This year Maryland launched the Adult Dental Pilot Program which provides a basic dental insurance package to certain individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 that are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. An article in The Baltimore Sun explores what the pilot program means to the thousands of individuals in Maryland that do not have dental coverage and what additional pieces are needed to expand the program's reach over individuals still in need and…

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Gazette Holds Q&A with Anne Arundel Health Officer Nominee

Anne Arundel County Health Officer nominee Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman had a Q&A discussion with Capital Gazette reporter Chase Cook that is well worth the read. The sit down covered the gambit from his public health goals, handling issues within the department, and addressing gun violence. From The Capital Gazette: When asked about his plans as health officer, Kalyanaraman said he wants to focus on better community partnerships, service delivery and data collection. One example he…

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FCC’s Latest Orders Expand Broadband Funds and Cap Local Cable Franchise Fees

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued three orders of interest (both good and bad) to local governments on August 1. The FCC took action on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, Digital Opportunity Data Collection, and Cable-Related, In-Kind Contributions. NACo reports: The FCC approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which would provide $20.4 billion over 10 years to help companies expand broadband in unserved remote areas. ... Recognizing the inaccuracies of…

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The 2019-2020 MACo Directory is Available Now!

The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 digital edition of the Directory of County Officials. The online version can be accessed on MACo’s homepage, under the Resources tab or by using this link: 2019-2020 Online Directory Benefits to using the Online Directory: When using the online version, you are able to click on any email address to contact someone directly, and may easily click and search for a contact through…

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Will 9-8-8 Be The Next “Number To Know” For Suicide Prevention?

The federal Suicide Prevention Hotline is being targeted as the next service with an easily-remembers three-digit universal access phone number: 9-8-8. Under the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018, Congress authorized federal support for a unified center and call-line for suicide prevention. Currently, Americans can call toll-free from anywhere to 1-800-273-8255 and reach a trained professional to assist "in the moment" with any potential self harm. The Federal Communications Commission is considering a next step…

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Public Unions After Janus v. AFSCME: What’s Happening Around the U.S.?

In June of 2018, the United States Supreme Court ruled that public employees have a constitutional right to quit their union and stop paying dues in the Janus v. AFSCME decision. As National Employee Freedom Week is being celebrated this week, The Hill published an opinion piece on the ramifications of this legislative override and what is happening around the county. What is happening around the United States? New Jersey: The legislature passed the Workplace…

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What’s On Tap for Kirwan Funding Workgroup? (A Lot)

A packed agenda has been released for the August 22 meeting of the Formula Funding Workgroup, meeting at the direction of the Kirwan School Funding Commission For county officials and others watching the Kirwan Commission deliberations, and the temporary efforts of the specially selected formula funding work group - August 22nd may be an important date. The agenda for the meeting suggests major advances in the public conversation about both the costs of, and the…

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MACo Welcomes Drew Jabin, New Policy Associate

Drew Jabin has joined the MACo policy team, and will advocate for counties on education, employee relations, transportation, and other issues. MACo is glad to announce Drew Jabin as our newest policy team member. Ms. Jabin most recently worked with the Maryland Bankers Association, where she worked in both policy/advocacy and communications on behalf of that Annapolis-based trade association. She formerly worked for President of the Maryland Senate Thomas V. Mike Miller, serving as a…

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