Baltimore Business Journal 

By  Morgan Eichensehr

January 8, 2021


” More than 250 organizations including the Maryland Hospital Association, major local insurers Kaiser Permanente and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine are throwing their support behind a new bill that aims to increase health equity in some Maryland communities.

The bill, which has already been filed in the Maryland Senate for the 2021 legislative session, proposes a new program that will designate certain areas across Maryland with poor health outcomes as Health Equity Resource Communities (HERC). The selected communities will gain access to new funding to help them address chronic health disparities. They will be able to compete for grants, tax incentives and health care provider loan repayment assistance to support programs to increase care access and reduce health inequities across racial, ethnic and geographic lines.”

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