September 18, 2020
MACo’s Legislative Committee has approved the slate of county initiatives for the 2021 legislative session. The slate represents the most pressing and important issues counties will be proactively advocating for in the halls of the House and Senate. MACo will remain focused on defending county budgets; ensuring fairness with funding and the county role in the election process; expanding broadband access to all communities; and protecting and promoting public health funding and support.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson breakdown MACo's 2021 Legislative Initiative to ensure fair funding and proper local input for elections in Maryland.
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Corporate Partner Corner

Aetna, a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner, has created specially curated over-the-counter care kits to send out to Medicare members during COVID-19.

Aetna, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS), announced it will ship boxes of specially curated, over-the-counter items to all its Medicare Advantage members across the country.As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and flu season begins, these Caring for You kits contain several items to help support Medicare members with simple self-care at home. Kits include a thermometer, hand sanitizer and two Aetna-branded face masks, among other items.

"During this challenging time when many of our most vulnerable members are home, we wanted to provide them with some convenient items to help them stay healthy," said Christopher Ciano, president of Aetna Medicare. "We know that something as basic as an oral thermometer can make a big difference during telehealth visits. Sending these types of important items to our members at no cost was simply the right thing to do."

The Caring for You kits are a one-time liberalization of an Aetna Medicare Advantage member over-the-counter benefit. Kits will be sent to members who were enrolled on or before August 1, 2020. The kits began shipping last week and will continue throughout the fall.

For more information on Aetna's health initiatives, visit their website.

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