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Increase in alcohol tax could help address state’s health inequities

Baltimore Sun

By Antonio Hayes, Erek L. Barron, and Jazz Lewis

September 28, 2020

EXCERPT:

“The COVID-19 pandemic is another tragic marker. The disease has disproportionately affected people of color with higher rates of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

Many factors have contributed to this, but one of the underlying causes is that many Maryland communities lack the health care resources they need, leading to stark health disparities.

Our response is major new legislation to provide needed health care resources to Maryland communities that urgently need more services and better access to health care providers.

This initiative, known as Health Equity Resource Communities (HERC), offers a targeted way to make sure support is reaching the areas that need it the most.”

Read full article at https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/bs-ed-op-0929-maryland-alcohol-tax-health-inequities-20200928-s3b7ntomdjbybfs25iygv5hkja-story.html