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Posts from — July 2012

Health Enterprise Zones

July 27, 2012

We participated in a great public forum last night at the Long Branch Community Center to discuss the Lt. Governor's Health Enterprise Zones initiative to address health disparities. Check out our footage on YouTube.... Read more »

Maryland outlines $14M in alcohol tax revenue for health programs

July 19, 2012

Baltimore Business Journal Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 2:59pm EDT by Sarah Gantz, Reporter Maryland health department leaders on Wednesday detailed the long-term care programs that will benefit from $14 million, a portion of revenue generated by the alcohol tax increase that went live last year. Two programs that provide at-home health services to adults with […]... Read more »

Alcohol tax funds boost long-term care services in Maryland

About $14.3 million generated by the 2011 state alcohol tax will be used to expand long-term care services to frail seniors and adults with disabilities, officials said Wednesday.... Read more »

Health advocates cheer use of Md. alcohol tax

"It worked out exactly as we wanted, that it's being used for these purposes through the regular budget process," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative. "Now, it has to be redone every year, but these are becoming like normal budget items, so they'll be in the budget every year."... Read more »

Video: Health Care Stakeholders

July 12, 2012

As broadcast on WBFF Fox 45 (click to watch video) Any way the health care law is sliced, it will cost some people more money. For example, couples earning more than a quarter of a million dollars a year will see their share of Medicare taxes increase in 2013. But, in addition to the millions […]... Read more »

Obamacare isn’t end of the world

July 11, 2012

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court -- under the leadership of conservative Chief Justice John Roberts -- has upheld as constitutional the 2010 federal healthcare reform initiative, perhaps all Americans can focus on understanding and implementing its provisions.... Read more »

New Fiscal Year Means Tax Hikes In Maryland

Taxes will jump from 15 percent of wholesale to 70 percent on "little cigars."... Read more »

Maryland law changes, tax hikes take effect

"Together, the new tax increase on little cigars and smokeless tobacco will save thousands of young people from addiction to these deadly products," said Vincent DeMarco, the president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative and a proponent of the law.... Read more »

See Video: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Mandate

WBAL Radio 1090AM July 2, 2012 The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed  and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that  countless Americans receive […]... Read more »

O’Malley says Supreme Court’s ruling on health care gives Maryland considerable momentum

Gov. Martin O’Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said Thursday the Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold nearly all of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul gives considerable momentum to reform efforts in Maryland.... Read more »