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A former Parkside High School graduate from Salisbury has been nominated to head the Department of Health and Human Services.

He is Alex Azar II who was named by President Trump to fill the post left vacant by Tom Price over a scandal involving charter aircraft for personal and official travel.

Mike Dunn, chairman and CEO of the Greater Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, told the Salisbury Daily Times that Azar was a “shining star.”

Azar’s father came to this country around a hundred years ago from Lebanon.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials say the cost of a benchmark plan on the health care exchange will go up 4 percent for Virginia residents.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland is among 24 states working toward a standardized system of government-funded behavioral health care.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said tuesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Maryland about $982,000 to develop a plan for certified community behavioral health clinics.

After the plans are competed next year, the federal agency will fund demonstration programs in a as many as eight states.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware group is helping low-income residents of Sussex and Kent county stay cool.

The First State Community Action Agency will be accepting applications for free air conditioners on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 308 N. Railroad Ave. in Georgetown. They'll also take applications on July 21 at 655 S. Bay Road, Suite 4J, in Dover, and by appointment.

Applicants must be 60 or over, have a disability or have children under the age of 5. Households must also meet income eligibility requirements.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal audit says Maryland misallocated $28.4 million in federal money for its flawed health care exchange and is recommending the state pay the money back.

The inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing the audit Friday.

It says Maryland misallocated costs to federal grants instead of the Medicaid program in 2013 and 2014. The audit says Maryland did not use updated estimated enrollment data when it became available.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials say nearly 300,000 Virginians have signed up for the health insurance marketplace under the program's second open enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 298,981 people signed up ahead of the deadline Thursday for coverage starting Feb. 1.

For those who missed the deadline, an open enrollment period will extend until Feb. 15. If that deadline is missed, the earliest coverage for those seeking it would be in 2016.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Many of the child migrants placed with Delaware families are living in Sussex County.

That's according to new figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 114 minors apprehended by immigration authorities without a parent or guardian since January have been placed with sponsors in Delaware's southernmost county while they await immigration hearings and potential deportation.