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200 General Assembly candidates support cigarette tax hike, advocates say

May 23, 2014

Advocates seeking to increase tax on pack of cigarettes from $2 to $3 The Baltimore Sun May 22, 2014 By Luke Broadwater Advocates backing a $1 tax increase on every pack of cigarettes sold in Maryland say they’ve lined up more than 200 General Assembly candidates to support the hike. The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative has […]... Read more »

The importance of signing up

March 19, 2014

Since Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act has provided full health care coverage to over 230,000 Marylanders who previously had either no health insurance or low quality or unaffordable coverage. This is a tremendous public health success for our state.... Read more »

Work-arounds are used to get consumers health care

November 19, 2013

Beginning Tuesday, radio and TV ads will encourage residents to call 211 and get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

Officials promote health insurance tax credits to small businesses

July 23, 2013

Baltimore Sun July 22, 2013 By Lorraine Mirabella State and local officials are trying to promote public awareness of a little-known federal tax credit to help small businesses cover some of the costs of providing health insurance to their workers. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot launched a campaign Monday to encourage small-business owners in Howard County […]... Read more »

Obamacare is working in Maryland

Baltimore Sun Letter to the Editor July 22, 2013 Recently President Obama reminded the nation what we in Maryland already know: The Affordable Care Act is already delivering “more choices, better benefits, a check on rising costs and higher quality care.” Just ask Prince George’s County business owner Jamal Lee. Mr. Lee visited the White House to share how the ACA’s tax credits […]... Read more »

Obama Delays Health Care Law Provision for Businesses

July 3, 2013

The Baltimore Sun By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau Updated July 2, 2013 — The Obama administration plans to postpone a key requirement of the president’s health law, delaying until 2015 penalties on large employers that don’t offer health coverage. The one-year delay, announced by the Treasury Department late Tuesday in response to complaints […]... Read more »

Health reform outreach begins in Maryland and across the country

June 24, 2013

...Miles said, "The hope is, faith leaders will address it from the pulpit and in small groups in their churches and invite in ambassadors who are trained lay people who can share with their congregation what the Affordable Care Act can do for their families."... Read more »

Legislature should support Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013

March 19, 2013

This bill promotes transparency, non-discrimination and fiscal responsibility that will help create a robust marketplace and provide feasible options for many Marylanders...... Read more »

Taxing cigarettes saves lives

November 26, 2012

Editorial board's view: Perhaps the single most effective public health intervention Maryland could take would be to increase the cigarette tax... Read more »

State Round-up, November 20, 2012

November 20, 2012

Maryland Reporter November 20, 2012 SUPPORTING AFFORDABLE CARE ACT: Maryland voters are supportive of health care reform even though some still haven’t grasped all the details, a new survey has found, Andrea Walker reports in the Sun. More than half of Howard County voters polled in the survey also support the Affordable Care Act, although […]... Read more »