BMC's COG Quarterly: Winter 2017 Issue

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to overstate the importance of cooperation to effective governance. At the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), we are proud to ring in 2017 in a renewed spirit of regionalism, which we're proud to highlight in the Winter 2017 issue of our digital magazine, COG Quarterly.

In our cover story, local government leaders from around the region share with us what regionalism means to economic and workforce development, transportation planning, cooperative purchasing, housing, emergency management and public health.  Each offers a unique perspective on the benefits of working together toward our common goals.

We invite you to read the magazine here.
Thank you for reading this issue of COG Quarterly. As always, please email us at  with your comments and story suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Sincerely,

Michael B. Kelly
Executive Director

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Riverside Health is now University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP)

Riverside Health is now a part of University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), becoming University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP). With a new name and the resources of a world-class university, its top priority continues to be high-quality care and support for low-income neighbors in our community. UMHP offers excellent customer service because our community is their community.  With more than 35,000 members and over 7,000 healthcare providers across Maryland, UMHP is the smart healthcare choice.  Learn more at umhealthpartners.com/

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Patient Advocacy Group Reports Maryland Survey on Health Concerns

For the many Americans who suffer from chronic disease, affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage is critical. Yet a new study by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) finds that more than half of Marylanders think that health insurance is on the wrong track. PFCD Chairman Dr. Kenneth Thorpe and Jessica Honke of the National Alliance on Mental Illness describe the biggest problems in insurance coverage and the importance of consistent access to medication for those who suffer from chronic disease.

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UMBC at 50: Momentum and Impact

Damian O'Doherty speaks to Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Tom Sadowski '89, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM), about UMBC’s vitality and influence as a public research institution as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.  The university asked Sage Policy Group to assess UMBC’s impact as a university and as an engine of economic growth in Maryland.  The group’s report, UMBC at 50: Momentum and Impact, makes a clear and compelling case for the university’s dynamic intellectual, social, and economic influence in its first five decades.

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Delegate Kirill Reznik: What Are Republicans Going To Do About Healthcare?

For the better part of six years, Republicans have been screaming their heads off about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (which they initially dubbed Obamacare).  They’ve done more about the repealing part than the replacing part, mainly because the latter is much, much harder do to.  And there is a reason for that that I will go into in a bit.

KOFA Policy Call: The Future of the ACA, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 [Audio Recording]

On Tuesday January 10th, KOFA Public Affairs hosted their first policy call of 2017 with three distinguished guests, who discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.  John Deane, Chairman for Advisory Board Consulting, Jennifer Babcock, VP for Medicaid Policy and Director of Strategic Operations, ACAP and Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City discussed their perspectives on what to anticipate and what the likely impact will be on health insurance coverage. Listen to the recording here.

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Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (January 6, 2017) – The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) announced today that it has been established to advocate for improved public health, patient access, and the advancement of science within the state’s medical cannabis industry. MedCan founding members are among growers and processors of medical cannabis selected for preliminary licenses by the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

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Celebrating Steve's 60th

On January 1, our dear friend and brother Steve Kreseski would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Steve is never far from our minds, and at this time of year, we are reminded of the many people he helped through his work. He would have been so excited by the focus of the Steve Kreseski Victory Fund and by how many people have so generously donated to help us reach our $50,000 goal by the end of this year. The work supported by these donations would have meant so much to Steve: the research in lung healing, pulmonary disease and acute lung disease that is moving forward because of the gifts given by his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. (UMSOM)

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