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Center MD

Maryland’s leading source of aggregated and original news and opinion on government, politics, business and more. Called one of the “nation’s best state-based political blogs” by the Washington Post.

DON’T LET COVID-19 GET IN THE WAY - OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2020

MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, is reminding Marylanders that open enrollment to buy, change, or renew a qualified health plan for 2021 will end December 15 for healthcare starting on January 1, 2021. Remember that Medicaid enrollment is year-round, and Medicaid-eligible Marylanders may start their coverage immediately. Marylanders who are enrolled in Medicaid must renew their Medicaid coverage once a year through the Maryland Health Connection. For those who want to enroll in a Medicare plan or change their Medicare coverage, Medicare Open Enrollment will continue through December 15. For additional Medicare plan information, individuals may call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov. Individuals do not need to renew their coverage if they are satisfied with their current plans, and those plans are still offered through Medicare. It is of the utmost of importance to make sure you get the best health care plan for you and your family. When reviewing potential... Continue reading
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Ted Venetoulis: Ode to a Lame Duck Loser

Donald Trump did not win. He is a lame duck President.  He is a loser.  He is a sore loser.  He is a poor sport.  He is in debt.  He is being sued. Civil. Criminal. In a few weeks he will be private citizen. He will pay his own legal fees.  He will not have executive immunity. He will not be Commander-in-Chief. No nuclear code. No Air Force One.  No Kennedy Center Box. No car caravans clearing traffic. No lobbyists paying for the privilege of sucking up. He will not sit behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. He will no longer show off Executive Orders. His name will no longer be on stimulant checks. He will no longer throw paper towels to Puerto Ricans, fire dedicated civil servants, insult patriots, withdraw from treaties. Murdoch will dump him and he will not got get a Noble Prize. And this week,... Continue reading
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Holmes: Hunger has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus, but these nutrition programs can feed kids and promote equity

Childhood hunger was a problem in Maryland long before the coronavirus pandemic hit, and it’s no secret that the ongoing economic crisis has made the situation much more dire for many families. Parents and caregivers have lost jobs and wages and are finding themselves struggling even more to pay bills and put food on the table.  In August, No Kid Hungry Maryland released a new report based on data from the most recent Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey/Youth Tobacco Survey that showed 1 in every 4 middle and high school students in Maryland lacked consistent access to healthy food. Worse yet, these troubling rates of food insecurity were from before COVID-19. More recent data shows that food insecurity tripled in households with children in the first three months of the pandemic alone.  The risk of food insecurity is significantly higher for Black and Latino students. This isn’t new, but this pandemic... Continue reading
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Irvin: Covering New Modalities Is the Only Cure for the Opioid Crisis

During these difficult times with the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing opioid crisis, we must proactively address pain management and emotional health. I have had a front-row seat to the healthcare system for over seven years, enduring 60 plus surgeries, pain management protocols and procedures due to the ongoing effects on my body from a flesh-eating bacteria of my abdominal wall.   To be honest, it has been a struggle with managing my pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  But I am thankful to be alive today to offer some proven solutions which I hope can help shed light on safer alternatives. Some were easily accessible, such as meditation with ocean breathing, naturopathic medicines, mindfulness exercises, and sea salt soaks. Unfortunately, other modalities tend to be more expensive and less accessible, and therein lies an impediment for far too many who deserve safer alternatives to a healthier ongoing quality of life.  One modality... Continue reading
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Venetoulis: Bring in the Thugs

Here’s why it’s a mistake to ignore Trump’s stunning refusal to accept the election results.  He has a psychotic objection to losing but it’s increasingly evident he can’t win.  His only strategy is to weaponize his cult.  He has access to at least fifteen law enforcement posses buried in various agencies under HIS command, not local law enforcement authorities—a b*****d militia with no chain of command or training in civilian crowd control—bursting with a thuggish relish to carry weapons, bully others and wear uniforms of authority.  He has already systematically deployed this gang of misfits on the Mexican border, at Lafayette Park and in Portland and is now plotting to provide these storm trooper services for ‘free’ to any Democratic controlled city. He is also scheming to suppress voting by purging voter lists, curtailing voting locations, encouraging Russian campaign meddling, and opposing voting by mail—that by any logic is necessary in... Continue reading
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