MVA takes appointments to license illegal immigrants

Illegal immigrants will soon be able to get driver’s licenses and identification cards. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration announced last week that it is taking appointments to see undocumented immigrants applying for a state driver’s license or identification card. Appointments can only be made online at www.mva.maryland.gov/license. The first appointment will be available Jan. 2, 2014. (News-Post)

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Some Western Md. residents frustrated with Obamacare

Suzanne Reisig Olden knows what it’s like to live without health insurance. The married mother of two from Eldersburg decided to forego insurance for several years due to high costs on the individual market. “We made the conscious decision not to have it for a while. Yes it’s scary, but it was my choice,” Olden said. “I don’t see why that is such a huge problem for people.” (Herald-Mail)

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Runners raise money to help injured Maryland state trooper

Hundreds of people donned sneakers on a crisp, sunny Sunday morning to show their support for a Maryland state trooper critically injured on the job last month. The crowd gathered at the Maryland State Police Academy in Sykesville for the "5K for JK," an event that raised money to help with expenses related to the recovery and rehabilitation of Maryland State Trooper Jacqueline Kline. (Balt. Sun)

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Nov. 8 // Shock Trauma's new tower to alleviate patient load

The new Critical Care Tower at Shock Trauma that's expected to ease the patient load and expedite care will officially open Friday, boasting nine floors that will include 64 new patient rooms and 10 new operating rooms. The trauma resuscitation unit is the first place patients go when they're admitted to Shock Trauma, and it's where two nurses who know exactly what it's like to be on the patient side work. (WBAL-TV)

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State Not Releasing New Health Care Enrollment Numbers

Every Friday for the last month, the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange has been releasing figures as to the number of people who had bought health insurance through the state's website since it went online on October 1. In their weekly report, released Friday afternoon, the exchange said it, "is revising its approach to providing numbers of enrolled Marylanders. Future reports will separate individuals versus households, qualified health plans versus Medicaid, and other information. For this reason, there is no updated enrollment data this week." (WBAL)

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BWI shuttle drivers protest work conditions

Shuttle bus drivers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport sought to draw attention to what they say are unfair working conditions during a protest Thursday during which they drove around the airport's traffic loop "en masse." In a statement about the protest released by the UFCW Local 1994 union, which is "standing with" the drivers despite their not being members, Patrick Benhene, a driver for 6 years, was paraphrased as saying the protest was about "giving drivers the basic tools to earn a living and do their jobs." (Balt. Sun)

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Area residents comment on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants in Maryland

With undocumented immigrants allowed to begin applying for driver’s licenses in Maryland in January, area residents this week spoke out for and against the new law. Cynthia Staubs, 66, of Sharpsburg said she opposes issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants, because it could cause trouble if Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration officials are not careful. (Herald-Mail) 

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Many Marylanders still optimistic about health care reform, poll finds

Almost half of Marylanders still think the new health care law will have a positive impact on the quality of health care in Maryland, a new Goucher poll found. But only half of those surveyed said they had heard of the website MarylandHealthConnection.gov, the state’s access portal for health insurance. The respondents also believed the insurance companies were the most prepared to handle the implementation of the health insurance reform and the federal government was the least prepared. (Md. Reporter)

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