MDH to Assign Health Ambassadors to Polling Places Statewide

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced that the Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps, in partnership with the State Board of Elections (SBE), will be assigning volunteer Health Ambassadors to polling places across Maryland in order to help keep both voters and poll workers safe. Health Ambassadors will help reinforce public guidance for maintaining social distance and wearing face coverings, distribute masks to individuals in nee of one, provide guidance on proper face mask use,…

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Aetna to Host Exclusive Live Session on Expanding Health Care Access Through Telehealth, 10/29

MACo members and blog readers are invited to attend an exclusive live session, hosted by MACo's Bronze Corporate Partner Aetna, on expanding health care access through telehealth. From Aetna: Please save the date for our live session on October 29, 2020 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. ET.  This one-hour webinar will feature experts from Aetna, CVS Health, and the telehealth industry as they engage in dialogue with Maryland Counties around this relevant health topic.  Session…

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Anne Arundel Expands COVID-19 Support With Three New Safety Net Programs

Three new Anne Arundel County programs to provide essential health and financial supports to those hard hit by the pandemic.  https://twitter.com/AACoExec/status/1319293681191575552 As detailed in a county press release the new programs include: Enhanced contact tracing and case management to provide wraparound services for COVID-positive individuals and families; Expanded grief counseling and mental health support for survivors of COVID; and Financial relief for families with delinquent water bills, which in some instances is a leading indicator…

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Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to DOJ Criminal Charges in Opioid Case

The pharmaceutical company has pled guilty to federal criminal charges and agrees to pay $8.3 billion in penalties. Purdue Pharma has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on criminal charges from its role in the opioid epidemic. State and local lawsuits against the company remain in play. The Washington Post reports: Purdue Pharma agreed to plead guilty in federal court in New Jersey to three felony counts for defrauding the United States and…

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State Announces Plans for Future Coronavirus Vaccine Distributions

In preparation for a coronavirus vaccine, state health officials have released a two-phase plan for distribution once a vaccine is available.  Under the plan, the vaccine would initially be distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, and local health departments to vaccinate certain particularly vulnerable individuals. The general population would receive the second phase of vaccinations when the vaccine is more readily available. The Baltimore Sun reports: The plan says that “final decisions are still being made”…

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House Subcommittees Briefed by Experts and Agencies on Telehealth in Maryland

House Health Occupations and Longterm Care Subcommittee and Health Insurance Subcommittee jointly briefed on the successes, challenges, and future of telehealth in Maryland.  The subcommittees heard from several panels including representatives from Harvard Medical School, the Center of Health Information Technology and Innovative Care Delivery, the Maryland Insurance Administration, and the Maryland Department of Health. Maryland Matters reports on data and trends shared by the panels: Prior to COVID-19, Maryland’s five primary insurers covered 719…

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Maryland Finishes in Top Ten for Census Response Rate

Federal data ranks Maryland with the ninth highest response rate in the nation, Governor Larry Hogan announced that last week. More than 2.2 million households were counted, representing a total of 99.9 percent of the state’s population. Carroll County led the state with a self-response rate of 81.5%, ranking 24th in the U.S. out of more than 3,200 counties. Twenty-one of Maryland’s 24 counties exceeded their 2010 self-response rate. “Our administration is proud that even…

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St. Mary’s Health Department to Offer Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccines

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) is partnering with St. Mary's County Public Schools to offer free drive-thru flu vaccine clinics for children between the ages of 3 and 18 years old. In order to be eligible for the program, children must be residents of St. Mary’s County, although they do not need to be enrolled in the public school system. According to a joint press release: Advance registration is required at www.marylandvax.org in order…

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USDA Invests $430k for Telemedicine In Garrett County

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Garrett Regional Medical Center $430,124 to help establish a Virtual Cancer Care and Chronic Disease Telemedicine Program. The grant comes as part of a larger investment of $72 million across the county to improve distance learning and telemedicine infrastructure in rural areas. The new program run by Garrett Regional Medical Center will allow local hospitals to consult with oncology and chronic disease specialists at the hub location in…

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