January 8, 2021
Vaccination Acceleration: Maryland Doubles Down
Governor Hogan announced multiple measures designed to accelerate the pace of coronavirus vaccinations across the state. A revised tier system of targeted recipients, additional encouragement for private sector partners, and rolling allocations for providers to maximize usage. The push to reach priority populations presses forward, as Maryland’s COVID caseloads continue their troubling trends. Conduit Street has your connections to the latest data and updates.
Conduit Street Podcast Corner:

On the latest episode of the Conduit Street Podcast, Kevin Kinnally and Michael Sanderson walk through the nuts and bolts of the rapidly approaching 2021 Session of the Maryland General Assembly, clarify what the recent rise in property tax assessments actually means for local governments and Maryland residents alike, and discuss why a proposal to extend the timeframe between property assessments could pressure counties to raise tax rates in order to keep pace with spending for education, public health, public safety, roadway maintenance, and other essential services.
Listen to any Conduit Street Podcast Episode: www.mdcounties.org/Podcast
Counties In Action
Dorchester COVID-19 Response Team honored for outstanding customer service

Montgomery held 6 clinics vaccinating hundreds of front-line health workers & first responders
Harford installs life-saving equipment on county trails

Corporate Partner Corner

Join MACo’s Bronze Corporate Partner, Aetna, for a timely virtual discussion on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and what it means for county governments.

Preparing for COVID-19 Vaccine – A Discussion for County Elected Officials

Your county depends on returning to work safely, yet conflicting, rapidly-changing information makes good decision-making challenging for County Elected officials. Join Aetna Senior Medical Director and Clinical Lead for the Aetna Infectious Disease Response Team, Kirsten Anderson, MD MPH and Maryland elected officials in a timely discussion about vaccine updates, recommended phases of distribution, and the role of CVS in vaccine distribution.

Date/Time: January 25, 2021, Noon – 12:30 pm

Registration Details:
FREE to county elected officials and staff!

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving an estimated 46.7 million people with information and resources to help them make better-informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services, workers’ compensation administrative services and health information technology products and services. Aetna’s customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups, and expatriates. @Aetna

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