January 22, 2021
New Look Session Setup Starts Settling In
The General Assembly has built out a new schedule, a new feel for their floor work, and a new set of safety protocols – but past that, it’s starting to feel like a session again. Bill introductions have been heavy, committees are already deep into their work, and the public is getting their say, albeit remotely. Looking past Annapolis’s mostly empty streets and hallways…everyone’s back to work.
MACo has your early session coverage – from the newly proposed budget plan, to the latest from the testimony table.

One of life’s simple maxims is this: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.” Henry Ford used to say that, and Mark Twain and Tony Robbins had their own versions as did Steven Harvey, a senior vice president at HSBC North American Holdings, who said, “Challenge the status quo. Are we doing something because we’ve always done it, or can we do something better? Can we do it faster, can we do it more efficiently, can we do it cheaper?” Read more...
Conduit Street Podcast Corner:

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Pegeen Townsend joins Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson to discuss the proactive steps hospitals and healthcare providers are taking -- including partnering with local health departments -- to expedite the vaccine rollout; the challenges and opportunities related to the accelerated shift to telehealth amid the COVID-19 pandemic; and priorities for the 2021 session.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Frederick County's Winchester Hall illuminated in tribute to 400K Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19
Harford focuses on reducing opioid overdoses during pandemic
St. Mary's celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Corporate Partner Corner

MACo’s Gold Corporate Partner, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, supports Special Olympics athletes virtually in fun video tribute.
CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2015, CareFirst contributed more than $40 million to more than 300 community programs designed to increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @CareFirst

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