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Facing deadline, health exchange enrolls more than 100,000 Signing up for health insurance

December 17, 2014

"With a fully functioning website, call center and in-person assistance, over 100,000 Marylanders have enrolled since Nov. 15," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition. ... Read more »

Media Advisory

December 3, 2014

FREDERICK KEYS, STATE OFFICIALS, AND HEALTH CARE ADVOCATES ANNOUNCE AD CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE MARYLANDERS TO LEARN ABOUT HEALTH CARE BENEFITS BY CALLING 211 MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, December 4, 2014 11am – Frederick, MD   Baltimore, MD (December 3, 2014) – At 11am on Thursday, December 4, the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition and the […]... 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 »

Taxes with benefits in Maryland

October 16, 2014

The 2007 cigarette tax increase caused a 29 percent drop in teen smoking in our state and will save more than 30,000 Marylanders from early, preventable tobacco-related deaths.... Read more »

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 »

Media Advisory: Affordable Care Act successes share their stories

April 28, 2014

“Nancy, Tom and Grace represent the over 330,000 Marylanders who have benefited greatly from the success of the Affordable Care Act health care expansion in Maryland,” said Vincent DeMarco... 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 »

Candidates hit up for tobacco tax pledge

April 10, 2014

The Daily Record April 9, 2014 Bryan P. Sears If you’re running for a seat in the Maryland General Assembly, Vincent DeMarco wants you to pledge to raise the state’s tobacco tax. DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, said his group is sending 540 letters to candidates of all parties who are running for the […]... Read more »

Coalition plans to pose question to Md. candidates: Is it time to raise the tobacco tax?

Washington Post By John Wagner,  Published: APRIL 09, 1:57 A coalition of health advocacy and anti-smoking groups launched a campaign in Maryland on Wednesday to make support for a $1 per pack increase in the state’s tobacco tax a major election issue this year for legislative candidates. The group, led by the Maryland Health Care for All […]... Read more »

Advocates urge increase of Maryland’s Tobacco Tax

"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 »