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Posts from — July 2017

Repealing Obamacare is dead. What’s next for Marylanders?

July 31, 2017

Next Tuesday, on August 1. a newly created commission, the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, will meet in Annapolis to discuss the current state of Maryland's health care.... Read more »

Maryland health care advocates celebrate after repeal bill fails

"We are here with one simple message: The life-saving Affordable Care Act is here to stay," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.... Read more »

Maryland advocacy group celebrates “Obamacare’s” continuing victory over “Trumpcare”

“We pledge to work to make the Affordable Care Act better. One of the ways we are doing that is through the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission,” DeMarco said.... Read more »

Media event: The Affordable Care Act is Here to Stay

July 28, 2017

Today at Noon at the offices of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, 2600 St. Paul Street in Baltimore City, we will discuss the importance to Marylanders that the Affordable Care Act is here to stay and talk about next steps in Maryland to achieve our goal of quality, affordable health care for all Marylanders.... Read more »

Senate Swats Down GOP Health Care Bill Hours After Opening Debate

July 27, 2017

InsuranceNewsNet John Fritze July 26, 2017 July 26–Reviving their touch-and-go effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans narrowly agreed Tuesday to begin debate on an undefined health care bill that could change how millions of Americans obtain insurance. In a dramatic showdown that required Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie vote […]... Read more »

Raising Alcohol Taxes Can Curtail Assaults and Suicides

July 20, 2017

Scientific American Kunmi Sobowale July 1, 2017 The woman disappeared. She had been coming to our group therapy sessions for months, and suddenly she stopped. Other group members told me why: she had been beaten so badly by her husband that she ended up in the hospital. The assault happened while her husband was, to […]... Read more »

Statement of Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative on the apparent failure of the attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act

July 18, 2017

We are thrilled that the Republican Congressional leadership’s shameful attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is apparently stalled for the foreseeable future. This is good news for the many millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Marylanders whose lives have been made immeasurably better by the ACA. We at the Maryland Health Care […]... Read more »

‘I’m scared to death’: Advocates, recipients fear for Medicaid’s future in Maryland

delmarvanow Jeremy Cox July 17, 2017 The symptoms came out of nowhere. Chris Sabas had been accepted at a seminary in Canada to become ordained in the Anglican Church when she began experiencing myriad neurological problems. The numbness, involuntary muscle movement and vertigo were so debilitating that the 43-year-old was forced to abandon her plans and move […]... Read more »

Ending price gouging is the correct prescription

Baltimore Sun Stanley Rodbell July 13, 2017 In his commentary, “Marylanders misled by drug pricing bill” (July 12), Chester “Chip” Davis Jr. complains that generics are unreasonably targeted by the new bill. His claim is wrong. Contrary to the generic manufacturers saying that they are the “good guys,” they’re not. I just bought a generic drug in […]... Read more »

Fighting for fair drug prices

Baltimore Sun Brian J. Feldman July 13, 2017 Contrary to Chester Davis Jr.’s recent commentary in this esteemed newspaper, Maryland’s new price-gouging law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, will help thousands of Marylanders as they struggle to afford to pay for their prescription drugs (“Marylanders misled by drug pricing bill,” July 11). We have all […]... Read more »