| Jan 9, 2014
| 4:39 PM
Needle exchange advocates are urging lawmakers to use a coming must-pass budget bill to lift the decades-old prohibition on spending federal funds for clean syringes for drug users, supporters of the effort said Thursday.
The groups are pressing...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 6:17 PM
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski said Friday that Maryland should not switch to the federal government's health exchange despite technical problems with the state-run website where the uninsured can buy plans under the Affordable Care Act.
"I think Maryland is...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:25 PM
Gov. Martin O'Malley took his defense of Maryland's struggling health exchange onto national television Sunday after CNN host Candy Crowley described its rollout as "disastrous by most accounts."
O'Malley's defense came as Rep. John Delaney of the...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 7:50 PM
Although state officials have provided the public scant detail about the troubled launch of Maryland's version of Obamacare, emails and documents show that the project was beset behind the scenes for months by an array of technical issues, warring...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 9:09 AM
The Washington Post ran a story yesterday from inside of the Maryland health care exchange detailing how top government leaders knew for over a year before it went live that the exchange had serious technical problems. And for Gov. Martin O'Malley and...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 10:03 AM
The train wreck of Maryland's Affordable Care Act insurance exchange should have been no surprise to Gov. Martin O'Malley, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown or anyone else responsible for its creation. That's the unmistakable conclusion from a Washington Post...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Senior lawmakers unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill late Monday that would keep the federal government running for most of this year while directing hundreds of millions of dollars to Maryland interests — from the James Webb Space Telescope to...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:05 AM
News that Congress reached a budget deal has been met with glee by D.C. pundits, but there is an unresolved issue on the minds of many in the Maryland medical community — will they see sense and lift the ban on federal funding for Syringe Services...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 5:44 PM
A bipartisan budget deal aimed at calming debates over U.S. fiscal policy for the next two years cleared a key vote Tuesday in the Senate, reducing the risks of another government shutdown and spending cuts that would have had an outsized impact in...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 10:00 AM
I would like to underscore Chris Beyrer's recent commentary calling for lifting the U.S. ban on use of federal funds for syringe services programs, or SSPs ("End the senseless syringe funding ban," Dec. 11).
SSPs benefit our communities by preventing...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 4:20 PM
Former Maryland Rep. Helen Delich Bentley has been through many receiving lines in her decades as a journalist, legislator and consultant.
There have been campaigns for office and campaigns for causes. But this round of handshaking, hugging and thanks...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 6:09 PM
Congress was poised late Thursday to pass new legal protections for victims of sexual assault in the military, but victims and their advocates already were looking ahead to a larger battle: the contentious campaign to overhaul the military justice system....