Business, Health, Politics

Gov. Hogan announces 2nd consecutive decrease in health insurance premiums

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA) has approved an average 10.3% premium rate decrease for individual health insurance plans with an effective date of January 1, 2020. This means that, for the second consecutive year, all individual insurance rates in Maryland will see important decreases. The new rates reflect the impact of the …


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General Mills recalls 5-pound bags of Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour due to E. Coli concerns

NOTTINGHAM, MD – General Mills announced on Tuesday a voluntary national recall of five-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose Flour with a better if used by date of September 6, 2020. The recall is being issued for the potential presence of E. coli O26 which was discovered during sampling of the five-pound bag product. This recall is …


West Nile Virus found in Maryland patient for first time in 2019

Baltimore, MD–The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in Maryland this year. The infected individual is an adult living in the National Capital Region in Maryland. MDH routinely tracks and responds to mosquito-borne infections.  No other locally acquired arbo-viral infections have been identified this year. The number of human West Nile Virus …

Health and Human Services receives $2.6 million grant to combat opioid epidemic

TOWSON, MD – The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) received a $2.6 million federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to address the opioid epidemic in Baltimore County, with the possibility to receive subsequent funding. Initial grant funds will support the development of a “Just In Time” database to be used by …

Dog Goods USA LLC expands voluntary recall of Chef Toby Pig Ears Pet Treats due to possible Salmonella risk

NOTTINGHAM, MD – Dog Goods USA LLC is voluntarily expanding its recall to include all 30-packs of “Berkley & Jensen” brand pig ears sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores. Dog Goods purchased these pig ears from a single supplier in Brazil from September 2018 through August 2019. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with the Centers for Disease Control …

Maryland Department of Health launches electronic toolkit to help prevent overdose deaths

BALTIMORE, MD – In conjunction with International Overdose Awareness Day on Saturday, Aug. 31, the Maryland Department of Health will launch a new tool to help prevent overdose deaths — the Naloxone Electronic Toolkit. Naloxone is a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose and can help save lives when administered quickly and correctly. Created by MDH’s Behavioral Health Administration …