Tag: Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk

Health Department official expresses concern over changes to legislation involving composition of maternal mortality board

The Maternal Mortality Stakeholder Review Group amendment would mandate that membership of the committee includes women who have nearly died giving birth and family members of women who have died or nearly died giving birth. The amendment also would require that the majority of members consists of people from community organizations that specialize in maternal health. But the deputy director of government affairs at the Maryland Department of Health told the House Public Health and Minority Health Disparities subcommittee on Tuesday that the proposed changes “will make it difficult for us to fill the stakeholder group.”

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House approves suspension of child support payments for inmates

The House of Delegates narrowly passed a bill on Wednesday that would exclude individuals from making child support payments while serving a prison sentence.

Under the legislation, child support payments would be suspended for anyone incarcerated for more than 18 consecutive months and continuing 60 days after their release to avoid the accrual of an unmanageable lump sum.

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Task force looks for ways to simplify contracts with nonprofits and save money

A legislative task force is seeking to make it easier for Maryland nonprofits to contract with the state, as well as save money for the state and for the health and social service providers it hires.

Two new national reports out this month say that problems are common with state and federal procurement of services throughout the country. One report called complicated and archaic procurement procedures “a silent national crisis” for hard-pressed nonprofits stressed by the recession.

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