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AG Frosh joins call for withdrawal of directive stripping CDC of control over coronavirus data

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Tuesday joined a multistate effort urging the Trump administration to withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and instead creates a system controlled by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The letter sent to HHS …


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Attorney General Frosh urges HHS not to finalize changes to non-discrimination regulations

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday joined a multistate coalition in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging it not to finalize its proposed regulation, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities” (Section 1557 Rule). Section 1557 prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender, race, ethnicity, sex, age, or …


Olszewski announces major COVID-19 economic relief efforts for small businesses, artists, musicians

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Tuesday announced a series of economic relief efforts to support small businesses and individuals impacted by the severe financial pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: Baltimore County announces $10 million in new grant funding for small businesses County offers $100,000 in grants to assist professional artists, musicians and performers CCBC to launch online contact …

CDC to award $631 million to 64 state, local jurisdictions in support of COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Health and Human Services is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide additional resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus. Using funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020, CDC is awarding $631 million to …

SAMHSA offers immediate counseling to those affect by COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Immediate counseling is now available for anyone dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. Assistance is …

AG Frosh joins lawsuit against Trump Administration over Affordable Care Act abortion coverage

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Thursday joined a coalition of seven states in suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its reinterpretation of Section 1303 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). On December 27, 2019, HHS issued a final rule requiring qualified health plans participating in the state exchanges to separately bill for the …

Maryland Department of Health reports lowest number of new HIV cases in more than 30 years

Baltimore, MD—In advance of World AIDS Day on December 1, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) on Tuesday announced the lowest number of new HIV cases reported in Maryland in more than 30 years. For the first time since 1986, Maryland reported less than 1,000 new HIV diagnoses, putting the state on track to support the U.S. Department of Health …

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 …