Book Controversy May Force City To Reopen Health Care Contract

Radio On Fire – There’s new fallout from the controversy about Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s book deals. Will the city get pushed to reopen a $675 million contract that provides health care benefits for city employees? The big contract is the one that Pugh voted on without disclosing her LLC was selling books to Kaiser Permanente. Complete coverage of the investigations into the mayor’s business dealings A key question is, did Pugh violate city ethics code when she voted in September 2017 as a member of the Board of Estimates to approve Kaiser Permanente as one of the health insurers for city employees? In that period of time, Pugh’s LLC was being paid by Kaiser for children books. Meeting minutes show Pugh did not recuse herself from the vote. Lawyers for United Healthcare, which unsuccessfully protested the contract, told the 11 News I-Team Thursday that they are closely considering their options in light of the Pugh controversy. Other more recent contracts are now being reviewed by Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis. “We are going to look at contracts to make sure the city has done everything it is required to do to ensure that the bidding processes that have long applied in the city have been complied with,” Davis said. Some City Council members and the state comptroller have called on Pugh to resign. As he headed to Oriole Park at Camden Yards Thursday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan said he is not ready to join the choir of those calling for Pugh to resign. “I don’t think it is up to me to make that decision. A lot of people have weighed in. I just want to get the investigation done. That’s for her to decide,” Hogan said.


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