LGIT Briefing: Legislative Prayer, the First Amendment, and the Courts

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT), who covers many county governments in Maryland, offers legal guidance and perspective on first amendment issues, including prayers at meetings of public bodies. The LGIT Leader is an occasional series of bulletins, designed for LGIT's local government members, to serve their legal and risk management interests. The September 2019 edition focuses on invocations, prayers and other religious speech or presentations made during public meetings. At what point do they…

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LGIT Offering Post-65 Health Insurance Tailored to Your Retirees

The Local Government Insurance Trust (LGIT) is sponsoring a new program allowing your county to offer comprehensive Post-65 retiree healthcare benefits and services to your future retirees. Highlights of the program for future retirees:  Provides a concierge level services so future retirees can understand their healthcare options once they reach age 65 Provides access to Medicare Benefit Specialist to help retirees understand Medicare and supplemental plan options Offers retirees comprehensive plan options, not available to…

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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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Kaiser Permanente Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Thirty-one Kaiser Permanente hospitals recently received "high performing" ratings for one or more of their measures in U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 Best Hospitals study. From Kaiser Permanente's website: The 30th annual study analyzes 25 specialties, procedures, and common conditions to assess hospital performance. Evaluations are based on more than 4,500 medical centers and designate the top 90th percentile of hospitals nationwide. According to the report: 31 Kaiser Permanente hospitals are “high performing” for…

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BGE Showcases EVsmart initiative

The heat index hit record highs last week, but that didn't deter attendees from BGE's recent EVsmart program kickoff event. Electronic vehicles from makers like Tesla, BMW, and Ford were featured at the event - meant to promote the positive impacts of EVs on the environment, and their wallets. From BGE's website: The State of Maryland set a goal to have 300,000 zero-emissions vehicles on the road by 2025 to help meet its air quality…

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AT&T Takes Next Step Toward Introducing 5G Over Sub-6GHz Spectrum

Last week, AT&T successfully completed their first data transfer over Sub-6GHz spectrum, bringing us one step closer to 5G connectivity nationwide. From AT&T's website: After making our first data transfer over Sub-6GHz spectrum in the field this week, AT&T is a step closer to introducing 5G over sub-6 spectrum, with plans to offer nationwide 5G in the first half of 2020. This milestone connection was made in Plano, Texas using a Qualcomm Technologies smartphone form…

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The State of Health in Maryland

United Healthcare will host a session on the health analytics of Maryland residents, adapting your members' healthcare decisions, and ways to increase wellness throughout the State at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at…

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Moving “Beyond Fast” with Comcast Business

Comcast will host a session on high performance network connectivity and how it can enhance the work of local governments at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity…

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Strategies to Reduce Your Retiree Health Liabilities

Aetna will host a session on long-term health care liabilities facing local governments at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to school funding.…

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Why 5G is Crucial for the Smart Government of Tomorrow

Verizon will host a session on 5G Technology and its impact on local governments at MACo’s Summer Conference as part of MACo’s Solutions Showcase. MACo’s 2019 Summer Conference, “Winds of Change,” will take place on August 14-17 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Nearly 3,000 individuals from across Maryland will gather to discuss advancements and changes being seen at all levels of government, from cybersecurity to Phase III WIP to school…

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