Weds., May 23 – In the News

[N.Va.] “For N.Va. Health Care, An Injection of Funding” (WaPo, 5/23) – At health facilities all across Northern Virginia, “the inaugural round of grants from the Northern Virginia Health Foundation [WG member] is helping to add services and hours.”

“In the future, with local jurisdictions facing similar challenges with the uninsured, [foundations] increasingly may do more than hand out money.

“There’s the potential to serve . . . as a real galvanizer,” to pull people together and address issues expansively, noted Margaret O’Bryon, president of the District-based Consumer Health Foundation [WG member]. For two years, it sponsored a series of meetings on barriers to health care, which culminated last fall in a pragmatic report calling for regional solutions.

The Northern Virginia Health Foundation hopes to move in that direction, according to [Interim Executive Director Pat] Mathews. “It’s about building relationships, about using your moral suasion, about public policy,” she said.

(See also: NVHF Grant Announcements – .pdf)

“Maryland’s U.S. senators introduced legislation yesterday that would provide $1.5 billion over 10 years in dedicated funding for Metro…” (WaPo, 5/23)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) removes her hold, and the Senate approves Fenty plan, but not before another Senator–Carl Levin (D-Mich)–places a third hold on the bill, reportedly to gain leverage in his quest to have meters installed in District taxicabs. [You couldn’t make this stuff up!] D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6): “This just makes it clear how much D.C. needs its own representation on Capitol Hill…This would never have happened if we had a senator who could put a hold on legislation for Louisiana.”

Kids are reading earlier because kindergarten is the new first grade. (WaPo, 5/23)