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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 »

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 »

Monday viewpoints: Why the fuss over “the waiver?”

February 3, 2014

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative applauds the state's unique Medicare waiver under the Affordable Care Act. Implemented wisely, it will favor consumers by improving health care quality while slowing the growth of health care costs.... Read more »

Maryland experiments with capping hospital spending

January 14, 2014

Vincent DeMarco, the president of the consumer group Maryland Health Care for All Coalition, said his organization—which supports the new hospital payment system-—will closely monitor the effort ... 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 »

Dial 2-1-1 to find local health insurance options– Now THAT’S a good call!

Join prominent linebacker London Fletcher and former player, now sports commentator Doc Walker as they inform Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC residents about where and how to find affordable health insurance options.... Read more »