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Posts from — January 2021

MCHI Statement on Senate Leadership Support for Health Equity Resource Communities to Expand Health Care in Underserved Areas

January 27, 2021

We are grateful that Senate President Bill Ferguson and the Senate leaders are supporting legislation to expand health care to underserved communities by establishing Health Equity Resource Communities. ... Read more »

Media Release: Senate Budget & Taxation Committee to hear Testimony on Bill to Create Health Equity Resource Communities and Expand Health Care in Underserved Areas

The Senate Budget & Taxation Committee will hear testimony at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27th, on SB 172, which would establish Health Equity Resource Communities (HERC) in areas of Maryland that lack access to health care services.... Read more »

Maryland Matters: Jones Introducing Package of Bills to Reduce Health and Financial Disparities in Communities of Color

January 19, 2021

House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County) unveiled a package of bills Tuesday aimed at minimizing race-based socio-economic and health disparities.... Read more »

State of Reform : Senate overturns Hogan’s veto over funding drug affordability board

January 18, 2021

The Maryland Senate voted to override several of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes Friday, including a measure that would fund the Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

AP: Maryland Senate overrides some of governor’s vetoes

January 15, 2021

The Maryland Senate voted Friday to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure to fund a first-in-the-nation state board that focuses on making high-cost prescription drugs more affordable.... Read more »

The Daily Record: Senate Democrats override vetoes on crime, prescription drug bills

Establishing permanent funding for the [Prescription Drug Affordability] Board will guarantee it has the resources it needs to effectively address the issue of rising drug costs.... Read more »

Washington Post: Maryland Senate overrides Hogan veto of bill that funds nation’s first drug affordability board

This is a board that will help Marylanders protect their health care by lowering the cost ideally of drugs where we are seeing too many pharmaceutical companies use drug pricing to eviscerate the market... Read more »

STAT: Maryland Senate overrides governor’s veto of prescription drug affordability board bill

In response to the rising cost of medicines, the Maryland state Senate overrode a veto issued last year by Gov. Larry Hogan, who objected to funding a so-called ‘Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Statement About Senate Override of Governor’s Veto of Bill to Fund Prescription Drug Affordability Board

We salute the Maryland Senate and Senate President Bill Ferguson for voting to override the governor’s veto of a much-needed bill (SB 669 and HB 1095) to establish a funding source for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

The Baltimore Sun: Ministers endorse higher alcohol tax | READER COMMENTARY

Faith groups from across Maryland are a key part of the HERC coalition of over 250 organizations that have endorsed this proposal. ... Read more »