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Posts from — February 2021

Baltimore Sun LTE: Make it easier for Maryland’s unemployed to get health insurance

February 26, 2021

A provision in reform bills sponsored by Del. Lorig Charkoudian (House Bill 1002) and Sen. James Rosapepe (Senate Bill 893) would make it significantly easier for uninsured people who have become unemployed to sign up for health insurance coverage.... Read more »

Washington Post: Opinion Maryland modeled how to tackle racial health disparities. Let’s revive that success.

February 25, 2021

It is critical that we prioritize health equity by ensuring there is permanent funding for this program. We simply cannot afford to let this program expire again.... Read more »

State of Reform: House bill would connect unemployed to health care options

February 24, 2021

"There are tens of thousands of Marylanders who are eligible for free or reduced cost health care who don’t know how to enroll in it. Getting them enrolled is an equity issue... When people file for unemployment is a good time to catch those who don’t know that they can get health care insurance.”... Read more »

WJZ: Bill Aims To Raise Standards In Maryland’s Unemployment Insurance Program

If passed, HB 1002 would also make it easier for Marylanders without health insurance to be connected with the Maryland Health Exchange. “We know there are hundreds of thousands of Marylanders still uninsured, many of them eligible for free or low-cost health care,” Vincent DeMarco of Md. Citizens’ Health Initiative said.... Read more »

Fox 5: Push to get unemployed health insurance

As Maryland state lawmakers work to improve the process for receiving unemployment benefits, they’re also looking at a very simple step that some say could be a big help for people in need of health insurance.... Read more »

Public News Service: MD Bill Would Ease Access to Health Coverage for Unemployed

With thousands of Marylanders still losing jobs in the pandemic, health-care groups are urging state lawmakers to make it easier for people to get health coverage when they apply for unemployment benefits.... Read more »

Media Advisory: Hearing Tuesday on Legislation to Allow Marylanders to Enroll in Health Insurance While They Apply for Unemployment Insurance

February 23, 2021

Measure would make it easier for people to secure health coverage... Read more »

Stat News: With a legislative vote, Maryland’s prescription drug affordability board moves forward

February 11, 2021

"With a permanent funding source, the board can continue its work finding solutions to address rising drug costs," DeMarco said.... Read more »

MEDIA RELEASE: Statement About General Assembly Override of Veto of Bill to Fund Prescription Drug Affordability Board

Vincent DeMarco released the following statement today after the Maryland House voted overwhelmingly (95-38) to override Governor Hogan’s veto of legislation from 2020 to establish funding for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

WMAR Baltimore: Md. lawmakers propose unemployment system reforms

February 4, 2021

Applicants would be able to utilize a check box to get their information to the Health Benefit Exchange for insurance assistance.... Read more »