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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a contract with the federal government to enact the state's unique all-payer health care model.

Hogan signed the five-year contract Monday with Seema Verma, who is the administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Overall, the model aims to provide incentives in the state's health care system to emphasize the quality of care over the quantity of care and focus on value rather than volume.

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The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna is suffering from a shortage of both correctional officers and nurses.

That is the conclusion of a review done in the wake of the 2017 inmate uprising that left one correctional officer dead.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the review that found a combination of a poor electronic records system and too few health professional have resulted in delayed care and missed appointments.

In addition, correction officers are working overtime at least once or twice every two weeks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has approved a state budget that would expand Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income adults.

The Republican-led House approved the state spending plan Tuesday with bipartisan support, but the measure still has to pass the state GOP-controlled Senate.

Lawmakers are taking another stab at passing a budget after attempts during the regular session ended in a stalemate over disagreement about Medicaid expansion, a key part of former President Barack Obama's health care law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A key Virginia Republican has signaled support for Medicaid expansion, a move that gives pro-expansion lawmakers a majority in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Virginia Beach Sen. Frank Wagner said in a statement Friday that he favors expanding Medicaid, enacting a new tax on hospitals, and using part of the extra money raised to give tax credits to lower income Virginians.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP)- Maryland's House of Delegates has approved legislation to help prevent the collapse of the Maryland Health Care Exchange's individual market.

The House passed the second of two bills that are part of the plan on Monday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Even with new support from key GOP leaders, Medicaid expansion in Virginia still faces serious roadblocks. That includes a fierce intraparty squabble among Republicans and strong disagreement among expansion supporters on how to pay for it.

Those divisions were on display Thursday as both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly debated whether Medicaid expansion should be included in the state budget. The House favors Medicaid expansion and the new hospital tax, which the Senate opposes.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's long-running debate over whether to expand Medicaid has new life after a Democratic wave in last year's election. Several successful candidates campaigned directly on the issue and advocates are hopeful that Virginia will join a majority of other states to pass expansion after years of opposition.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is giving his fourth and final State of the State speech of his first term.

Hogan, who hopes to become the first Republican governor to be re-elected in Maryland since 1954, has focused on economic concerns in previous speeches.

He also has taken the opportunity in past years to outline his legislative agenda to the 188 members of the Maryland General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are bracing for a challenging session wrestling with changes in tax and health care law in Washington.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, a Democrat, told senators Wednesday on the first day of the General Assembly's 90-day session that lawmakers will need to come up with equitable solutions to "these very weighty issues that have been passed down from the federal government."

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials say enrollments in the state's health insurance exchange significantly out-paced last year's tally after the first week.

The Baltimore Sun reports that those buying policies on the exchange for the first time are up about 15 percent, compared to this time last year. Officials say total enrollments through marylandhealthconnection.gov are double the number at this time last year, at 10,420.

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