Joint Task Force Sets Focus on Medicaid Inmate Exclusion and Health Care in Jails

Addressing the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion was the top order of business at the Task Force's October meeting. The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) join task force on inmate health care and recidivism recently met to discuss the Medicaid Inmate Exclusion and ways to advocate for change. This federal policy removes Medicaid health and veteran benefits from individuals as soon as they are admitted to jail -- even if they…

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October 21 Grants Conference – Register Now For This One-Stop-Shop

The 15th Annual Governor's Grants Conference will be held October 21, in College Park. Hundreds will attend and benefit from information, workshops, and connections in the grant-funding game. Registration is open! The Governor’s Grants Office will host its 15th Annual Grants Conference on Monday, October 21 at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Join over 600 attendees including nonprofits, grants professionals, and community leaders for a full day of networking, panels, exhibition tables,…

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State Allocates $5 Million in Grants to Promote 2020 Census

The Maryland Complete Count Committee (CCC) this week approved a Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) proposal to allocate about $900,000 to state and local efforts to educate residents on the importance of the 2020 Census. The CCC is charged with developing and implementing an outreach strategy to build partnerships and coordinate with local governments, non-profits, and other organizations across the state to ensure a fair and accurate census count. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the…

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HHS Seeks Public Input on Improving Access to Child Care

The Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) is seeking input from the public and interested stakeholders on strategies to improve access to high-quality, affordable child care in the U.S. From ACF: A “Request for Information” posted today seeks public input identifying emerging and innovative practices to improve access to high-quality child care, as well as identification of any regulatory and other policies that unnecessarily drive up the cost of care or limit…

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Federal Judge Dismisses States’ Challenge to SALT Cap

A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by four states, including Maryland, against the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service challenging the $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions enacted by the 2017 federal tax reform law. The suit alleged that SALT cap violated the U.S. Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause and the 10th Amendment, which protects states’ rights. "The cap, like any federal tax provision, will affect…

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Feds Narrowly Avert Another Government Shutdown… for Now

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a temporary spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. The short-term spending measure, known as a continuing resolution, will keep the government running through November 21, 2019. The latest continuing resolution keeps spending at current levels and heads off a lapse in funding that would have occurred at the end of the month. According to Federal News Radio: The Senate passed the CR Thursday with bipartisan support and a 82-15 vote. The House cleared the…

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Bi-Partisan Bill in Congress Might Help Leverage Existing County Health Programs

The National Association of Counties' Human Services and Education Steering Committee hears an update on the Social Determinants Accelerator Act and what it might mean for counties.  The National Association of Counties Human Services and Education Steering Committee recently heard an in-depth overview of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act (H.R. 4004), recently introduced in Congress. As described by NACo, The bi-partisan bill would help counties better leverage existing programs and authorities to improve the health…

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State Census Panel Weighs Spending Priorities

The Maryland Complete Count Committee (CCC) this week convened to assess ongoing efforts to prepare and mobilize for the 2020 decennial census. The CCC is charged with developing and implementing an outreach strategy to build partnerships and coordinate with local governments, non-profits, and other organizations across the state to ensure a fair and accurate census count. Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services,…

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Frosh Joins Coalition Opposing Changes to SNAP Benefits

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today joined a coalition of 24 Attorneys General opposing proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The SNAP program provides people with limited incomes access to nutritious food. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed changes to the SNAP program that would put over 50,000 Marylanders at risk for losing the benefit. The most vulnerable include seniors and children. The…

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NACo Webinar TOMORROW: The Upcoming SCOTUS Term

Register now for a webinar on the upcoming Supreme Court docket - learn about cases affecting state and local governments in the upcoming term. Online webinar: 1pm ET, Tuesday September 24 It is rare for the Supreme Court’s docket to be so interesting before the term has even started! Join Michael Dreeben, former Deputy Solicitor General and currently visiting lecturer at Georgetown Law; Joe Palmore, Morrison Foerster, who will argue a case this term on…

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