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Md. awards $16 billion, 10-year contract for health insurance

Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.

Md. awards $16 billion, 10-year contract for health insurance

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Top state officials on Wednesday approved spending $16 billion over the next 10 years on health insurance for over 200,000 state employees, retirees and their dependents. One of the largest contracts ever granted, the three-member Board of Public Works approved it at a meeting dominated by discussion of the positives and negatives of health care delivery in Maryland, including serious patient care problems at a state hospital in Hagerstown.

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Health Secretary Sharfstein had too much on his plate

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Rascovar column: Health Exchange is Sharfstein’s scarlet letter

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UPDATED: 6/3, 11 p.m. Here are some reactions to Monday night’s debate between the Democratic candidates for governor of Maryland. They include the impressions of regular voters, bloggers, reporters

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Depression can impact health and fitness

We have it pretty good in the 21st century in the first world and a lot to be grateful for. Sure, there are gripes and issues, problems and circumstance,

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Prevent heart attacks – unclog your arteries

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Letter to my teenage self

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No, this isn't a club that looks at butterfly species. This is a club for women who want to instill positive changes in their lives through healthy eating, transformation and

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Audrey’s story part 3: Transitioning to a plant-based diet

(This is the third story in a three-part series on Audrey's story. Please read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.) Audrey Cofer lost 130 pounds by eating “in moderation,” and she kept

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