10-08-2017 Hits:584 Local Peter Rouleau
GAITHERSBURG — City Council hopeful Jim McNulty says his commitment to public service began after the Montgomery County Police saved his life in 2010.
A longtime media producer, McNulty was working at Discovery Communications in Silver Spring when he and two others were taken hostage at gunpoint. The hostage-taker, John Jay Lee, was eventually fatally shot by the SWAT team.
"That brush with my mortality gave me a newfound perspective on what is truly important in life," McNulty said. He subsequently founded The Upper Room, a support group for veterans and victims of violent crime who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. He joined Gaithersburg's Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee and was elected president of the Saybrooke Homeowner's Association.
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County faces renewed healthcare problems as insurance providers drop in Montgomery
The Maryland Health Connection, the state’s online health insurance market or “exchange” under former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, will have just two companies offering individual health coverage for 2018.
The two health insurance providers are: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States.
Much of Maryland will have only one choice, CareFirst, for individual health coverage next year. Kaiser’s service area in Maryland covers the D.C. suburbs and the Baltimore metro area –but not Western Maryland, the Eastern Shore or parts of Southern Maryland.
In May, when health insurers applied to the Maryland Insurance Administration for rate increases for the plans’ upcoming year, four firms sought to participate in the Maryland individual market next year. The other two companies were CIGNA, a major national health insurer, and Evergreen Health, a company operating only in Maryland that participated in the state’s exchange in 2016 but not 2017.
In June, the number of insurers in the running for providing health care under the ACA decreased to three when CIGNA dropped out, citing uncertainties in pricing as well as a small market share of Maryland exchange business.
On July 25, Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al...Read more
10-08-2017 Hits:432 Local Peter Rouleau
GAITHERSBURG — Yvette Monroe, the most junior member of the Gaithersburg City Council, is seeking a full term this fall.
Monroe and her husband moved to Gaithersburg from Philadelphia 27 years ago for work. Her interest in civic affairs in the city began when she attended the 2010 State of the City Address.
"I had been president of the Watkins Mill PTA, and I was interested in staying involved in education issues after my daughters graduated," Monroe said. She joined the city's Education Enrichment Committee and became its president in 2013. She also joined the Olde Towne Advisory Subcommittee in 2016. At the 2016 State of the City Address, Monroe received the city's Distinguished Citizen award.