April 3, 2020
Counties Count on Census Data,
Complete Yours Today!
Census Day was April 1 - but you still have time to be counted! Census data is used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding for education, health, transportation, housing, community services, and job training. Moreover, businesses and industries decide where to locate new facilities and services based on census data, creating new jobs and promoting economic growth. An accurate census count, or lack thereof, has a lasting effect on counties, particularly when it comes to the distribution of federal funds. An under-counted population may lead to a significant decline in federal funding flowing to the State and its local jurisdictions.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson discuss why the Old Line State's one-of-a-kind budget process makes Maryland's governor one of the most powerful in the country.

While most state legislatures have the authority to increase or add an appropriation to the governor’s budget, Section 52 of Article III of the Maryland Constitution prohibits the General Assembly from increasing any budget item, adding any new appropriations to the governor’s budget for Executive Branch agencies, or moving funds from one program to another. But, it is time for a change?
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
County Exec. Reminds Others of the Importance of Donating Blood During a Crisis
Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center Has a Pet Food Bank to Assist Families in Need During COVID-19 Pandemic
Local Health Department Accepting Donations of Medical Supplies & Disinfectant During COVID-19 Response

Corporate Partner Corner

MACo's Gold Corporate Partner Cigna has partnered with Express Scripts and Buoy Health to offer customers a digital screening tool for COVID-19 on their website.

Cigna and Express Scripts are working with Buoy Health to provide an early intervention screening tool to help customers and members understand their personal risks for COVID-19. The digital tool immediately triages symptoms and recommends next steps for care, while also relieving demand on an over-burdened health care system.

"We've learned that when it comes to personal health, the most important action people take is often the very first one," said Steve Miller, MD, Chief Clinical Officer, Cigna. "Through our partnerships with Buoy Health, we are creating a new, convenient 'first step' action for customers with questions about potential COVID-19 symptoms. During this crisis, our teams are relentlessly focused on supporting our customers at every step along the way."

The Symptom Checker tool incorporates guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help categorize people's risk level as low, medium or high and make the appropriate recommendations.

For more information Cigna's Symptom Checker or their other COVID-19 Resources , visit their website.

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