Maryland's Obamacare enrollments jump 2% over last year

A total of 156,963 Marylanders enrolled in private health coverage for 2019 through the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace, rising 2 percent increase over last year. The slight increase after enrollment numbers dropped by about 4,000 last year, as premium prices for individual health insurance plans once again surged by double-digit percentages. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Maryland Humanities awards $83,154 in grants to nonprofits

Maryland Humanities awarded $83,154 in grant funding to 15 Maryland organizations in six counties and Baltimore city, officials announced Monday. The organization awarded $77,450 in major grants (up to $10,000) and $5,704 in mini grants (up to $1,200). Grant recipients are spread throughout western Maryland, the Capital Region, central Maryland and the Eastern Shore and the city of Baltimore. (Daily Record)

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Maryland Jesuits release names of priests ‘credibly accused’ of sexually abusing minors

The Maryland Province of Jesuits has released a list of names of Jesuit priests, including several who served in the D.C. area, who it says have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors dating back to the 1950s. Officials with the Maryland province said they hope the release of the names will provide transparency and help restore trust in the Catholic Church, which faced a spiraling series of scandals over the summer relating to how the church has dealt with abusive priests. (WTOP)

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Baltimore police recall officers from ATF task force under unclear circumstances

The Baltimore Police Department has recalled its officers detailed to a special ATF task force, the department confirmed Monday. It would not provide a reason. The decision ends a long-standing arrangement that supplied Baltimore Police detectives to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to work with federal investigators on significant drug, gang and gun cases originating in the city. (Balt. Sun)

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What does Texas ruling mean for Obamacare in Maryland?

A federal judge in Texas struck down the Affordable Healthcare Act in a ruling late Friday, concluding that the whole thing is unconstitutional. The case was backed by a number of Republican-led states and the Trump Administration declined to defend the law in court. Democratic members of Congress and state attorneys general stepped in to stand up for the law. What does the ruling mean for people in Maryland? (Balt. Sun)

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With rates set to rise again, Baltimore water chief promotes new discount program

Standing at the front of a church in Waverly early on Saturday morning, Baltimore Public Works director Rudy Chow delivered a 45-minute sermon on water — not holy water, but rather the ordinary kind that comes out of the tap. Chow’s department is responsible for delivering clean water to 200,000 city households and taking away their sewage. At the same time, it’s on a mission to upgrade century-old infrastructure that breaks often and sometimes spectacularly, with streets caving in or water gushing up from under the ground. (Balt. Sun)

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Investigation into inmate's suicide faults Maryland women's prison's treatment of people with disabilities

An investigation into Maryland’s only prison for women following the 2017 suicide of an inmate found the facility violated the constitutional rights of individuals with disabilities who are placed in segregation and did not take sufficient steps to “prevent future harm.” The investigation, released Friday by Disability Rights Maryland, reviewed the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and its role in the death of inmate Emily Butler, who was found dead in her cell from an apparent suicide by hanging on Nov. 12, 2017. (Balt. Sun)

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Three Baltimore neighborhoods picked for new Safe Streets anti-violence sites

The Baltimore mayor’s office chose three neighborhoods for new Safe Streets sites, expanding the reach of a popular program that uses reformed criminals to intervene in disputes before violence breaks out. The sites are expected to open next year in Northeast Baltimore’s Belair-Edison, South Baltimore’s Brooklyn and Madison-East End in East Baltimore — neighborhoods that between them have seen 53 shootings that resulted in 21 killings this year. (Balt. Sun)

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