June 21, 2019
The Funding Formula Workgroup of the [Kirwan] Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education held its first meeting in Annapolis yesterday. The thirteen-member panel is charged with working through what is perhaps the most challenging portion of The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future – a ten-year plan to make Maryland schools more competitive both nationally and globally – the development of a plan to finance, realign, and apportion the costs of these ambitious, but expensive, goals.

Conduit Street Podcast Corner:
On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Michael Sanderson and Kevin Kinnally discuss the latest news and notes from Annapolis, including the ongoing budget impasse between Governor Larry Hogan and the General Assembly, new guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that squashes attempts by some states to circumvent the federal cap on the deductibility of state and local taxes (SALT), remembering former Maryland House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., and what we're looking forward to in the weeks ahead.
Listen to any MACo Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast

Counties In Action
Harford signs MOU with Aberdeen Proving Grounds on access road for Perryman Peninsula E-Commerce Center
AG Frosh talks with Cecil senior citizens about recognizing and preventing consumer fraud
Exec Gardner signs into law Council Member Fitzwater's discrimination bill

Corporate Partner Corner

Improving healthcare consumer experience will move the industry to its next phase and help Cigna achieve ambitious cost-cutting goals, David Cordani said...

Payers and providers should be knowing their patients, helping them, and making their healthcare journey easier, and accomplishing this in a highly personalized manner, Cordani stressed.

“Individuals are saying, ‘Help me access the right care, the way I need it, when I need it, how I need it. Help me afford it. Then, eliminate surprises,” he said.

Cigna is working to address appropriate access to care, affordability, and negative surprises. For example, the payer recently partnered with Express Scripts to launch the Patient Assurance Program, which ensures diabetics in participating plans pay no more than $25 for a 30-day supply of insulin.


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