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Posts from — April 2021

Maryland Matters: Vincent DeMarco: Public Health Legislation Bolstered by an Array of Supporters

April 20, 2021

One of the main reasons public health was a winner was the enactment of the Health Equity Resource Communities legislation, which will address health disparities and improve health equity in our state. ... Read more »

Maryland Matters: General Assembly 2021: Winners and Losers

April 19, 2021

During the 90 days the General Assembly was in session, we ran out of ways to say what an unusual, challenging and hard session it was. ... Read more »

WDVM TV: Health care legislation to benefit Marylanders’ access and affordability

April 16, 2021

With the Maryland General Assembly concluding its 2021 session this week, lawmakers are back in their districts meeting with constituents. Of the thousands of bills considered in the legislature this year, strides in improving health care were especially significant.... Read more »

Baltimore Sun: Maryland lawmakers, advocates tout ‘huge wins’ in health legislation. Here’s what passed this year.

Maryland lawmakers and advocates are highlighting that they also had a ‘tremendous” year for health care legislation in the General Assembly.... Read more »

Maryland The Daily Record: Md. legislation seen as boosting access to insurance for critical groups

April 15, 2021

In hopes of reducing the number of uninsured people in Maryland, which currently sits at about 6% of the state’s population, the General Assembly has passed two bills that will make it easier to afford and sign up for health insurance. ... Read more »

Maryland Matters: New Grant Program Will Reduce Health Care Inequality, Advocates Say

Health advocates said on Thursday that legislation approved by the General Assembly this year will reduce health care disparities in measurable ways.... Read more »

Media Release: Advocates to Hail Major Health Care Legislation Approved By the Maryland General Assembly

April 13, 2021

Bills will improve health equity and reduce health disparities; make insurance more affordable for young people; make it easier to enroll in insurance.... Read more »

State of Reform: Health advocates praise productive legislative session

Maryland lawmakers passed several key pieces of health-related legislation during its 2021 session, including the expansion of health insurance subsidies for lower-income young adults and maternal Medicaid eligibility.... Read more »

Maryland The Daily Record: Advocates hail session as ‘tremendous victory for public health’

A swath of bills that aim to address health inequities in Maryland have successfully passed through the General Assembly this session, including legislation cementing pandemic telehealth expansions into law, a permanent revitalization of a major 2012 public health pilot and medical debt protections. ... Read more »

Baltimore Sun: Maryland lawmakers bring home some victories for health care | READER COMMENTARY

April 9, 2021

Before wrapping up the legislative session this month, the Maryland General Assembly took major steps to expand and strengthen health care in the state. As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to test our health care system, lawmakers passed three important measures that will expand access to care, make care more affordable and help undo stubborn disparities in how health care is delivered.... Read more »