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Maryland’s year of health care

April 10, 2018

Health care advocates sought to follow up on last year’s anti-price gouging bill for generic prescription drugs with one that would regulate prices for name-brand drugs...Given the outsized role drugs play in health care costs, we urge the Senate to make it a priority.... Read more »

Open enrollment in Obamacare in Maryland ends today

December 22, 2017

Baltimore Sun/Capitol Gazette Meredith Cohn Dec 22, 2017 With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ending in a little over a week, here’s some things to keep in mind. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close in Maryland on Friday with about the same number of enrollees as last […]... Read more »

How blue states might save Obamacare’s markets

December 18, 2017

A state-level mandate "has been high on our list ever since the threat began to the Affordable Care Act in Washington," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, a consumer advocacy group.... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers consider state replacements for insurance mandate

December 6, 2017

WYPR Rachel Baye December 6, 2017 If Congress repeals or stops enforcing the individual mandate and Maryland doesn’t change anything about the way its insurance market works, state residents will feel the effects quickly, health care experts warned a state commission Tuesday. “If we don’t act next year, it’s very likely we won’t have an […]... Read more »

Officials Remind Marylanders About Health Care Open Enrollment Deadline

CBS Baltimore Pat Warren December 5, 2017 BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Cold and flu season is a real-time reminder of the importance of health coverage, and the Maryland Health Connection is reminding everyone of an important deadline. December 15 is the last day for open enrollment for affordable health care. With everything that’s been going on […]... Read more »

Maryland officials to discuss signing up for health care

Washington Post Associated Press December 5, 2017 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland officials calling attention to some events to help people sign up for health care this weekend. Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, officials with the NAACP and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange are highlighting a series of “last chance” events to help Marylanders enroll during […]... Read more »

Health Care Advocacy Group Shifts Focus to Name-Brand Drugs

November 16, 2017

Maryland Matters November 15, 2017 Samuel Manas  Fresh off the successful enactment of a law limiting generic and off-brand prescription drug price increases, Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, is pushing for greater limitations on name-brand drugs. His organization’s ideas, he says, are popular — and he has the numbers to show it. […]... Read more »

Church groups enlisted in end-of-life medical planning initiative

October 23, 2017

Baltimore Sun Jacques Kelly October 22, 2017 Doug Wilson, an elder at West Baltimore’s Kingdom Life Church, recalled the steps he took after he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Before going into the University of Maryland Medical Center, he put down, in writing, the steps he wanted taken during and after his seven-hour surgery. Months […]... Read more »

Editorial: Faith, health care partnership makes sense

May 9, 2016

"...the Maryland Faith Community Health Network could be a game changer in the expensive and complicated world of health care." ... Read more »

MD sets healthcare example

May 5, 2016

We know that people who have access to quality health coverage are more secure, have better health outcomes and don't have to worry that one illness or injury will put them and their family in a downward spiral. ... Read more »