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Letter to the Editor, Baltimore Sun

March 30, 2015

Baltimore Sun March 30, 2015 Deep in The Sun’s article about the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange’s use of federal money (“Health signup billing faulted,” March 27), is the terrific fact that the uninsured rate in Maryland has dropped from 12.9 percent to 7.3 percent thanks to the Affordable Care Act. This means that hundreds of […]... Read more »

Maryland Senate passes 2016 budget

The Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition also released a statement, saying the budget continues the health care progress Maryland has made. ... Read more »

City’s top health official advocates for cigarette tax hike

February 27, 2015

  WBAL NBC February 25, 2015 By Jennifer Franciotti BALTIMORE —Baltimore City’s health commissioner traveled this week to Annapolis to ask lawmakers to raise the state’s cigarette tax, saying just $1 more per pack will save lives. Lawmakers are considering a proposal to raise the current $2-per-pack tax by $1. Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana […]... Read more »

MD’s cigarette tax is saving lives

January 5, 2015

If Mr. Hogan intends to cut taxes, as he has promised, the tobacco tax is one he’d be well advised to leave intact.... Read more »

Local Baseball Player to be in ad for health care

December 8, 2014

By Associated Press December 4 FREDERICK, Md. — A player for the Frederick Keys baseball team will be featured in a radio ad to urge Maryland residents to enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.Maryland Health Care for All and the Frederick Keys are announcing the ad campaign on Thursday at the Keys’ […]... Read more »

Federal health officials lower expectations for exchanges

November 13, 2014

"It's going to take time to reach people who have not been insured in years or ever..." DeMarco said.... Read more »

Maryland should build on the success of its health-care exchange

April 21, 2014

Washington Post Letter to the Editor April 17, 2014 It was disappointing that Robert McCartney’s April 13 Metro column, “Brown takes credit in making Md. ‘national leader’ in health care? What gall!,” made no mention of the fact thatapproximately 300,000 Marylanders have enrolled in health-care coverage under the Affordable Care Act — significantly exceeding the state’s goal of […]... Read more »

Advocates urge increase of Maryland’s Tobacco Tax

April 10, 2014

"Cigarette smoking has dropped almost 32 percent -- almost double the national average -- (and) saved tens of thousands of lives. We need to build on that progress, and the money from the tobacco tax has been used to expand health care for hundreds of thousands of people. We need to build on that progress," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Health Care for All.... Read more »

Health groups urge $1 tax increase per pack of cigarettes

“It really is a win-win-win for Maryland. It’s a win for public health,” Amy Barkley, of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, said.... Read more »

Healthcare advocates push for cigarette tax hike

Today, health care advocates and community leaders sent letters to every candidate in the General Assembly to endorse a a $1 increase of tobacco taxes, bringing the tax to $3-a-pack. The letters described a media and grassroots campaign, including pictures of print ads, to rally Marylanders around the initiative.... Read more »