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The Baltimore Sun: Alcohol tax hike: a penny that saves lives | COMMENTARY

February 3, 2021

Last week in the Maryland Senate and this week in the House of Delegates lawmakers were treated to a parade of bar and liquor store owners and distributors warning them that a proposal to spend $14-to-$22 million more a year to improve access to health care in disadvantaged communities would either severely hurt them or, in some cases, drive them out of business entirely. ... Read more »

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

January 15, 2021

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

Baltimore Sun: Raising Maryland alcohol tax crucial to better health | READER COMMENTARY

January 12, 2021

Everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable health care, no matter where they live. Del. Jazz Lewis and the lead sponsors of the Health Equity Resource Communities legislation, Sen. Antonio Hayes and Del. Erek Barron, have identified this goal as the meaningful core of this important legislation... Read more »

Baltimore Business Journal: Johns Hopkins among over 250 organizations backing health equity legislation in Maryland

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.... Read more »

Maryland Matters: Lawmakers Eye One-Cent Increase in Alcohol Tax to Address Health Disparities

Johns Hopkins University and the JHU health system on Friday joined a legislative push to boost healthcare in under-served communities. More than 250 other organizations are also supporting the creation of Health Equity Resource Communities, the top legislative priority of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative.... Read more »

Use Alcohol Tax to Correct Health Care Disparities – Reader Commentary

October 7, 2020

Public health works best when it is driven by data and aims to reduce disparities and protect health for everyone to reach their fullest potential.... Read more »

While touting impact of Md. alcohol, tobacco taxes, advocates defer on increases

February 12, 2019

Increases in taxes on alcohol and tobacco in the last decade are driving down teen smoking and drinking and other adverse health effects, a new report finds.... Read more »

Video addresses alcohol, tobacco tax success

January 10, 2019

The Maryland Healthcare for All Coalition has released a video demonstrating the success of alcohol and tobacco taxes to address public health issues and save lives.... Read more »

Maryland cigarette and alcohol taxes were the right move for public health

December 22, 2018

The decline in tobacco use, which causes a third of heart-disease-related deaths, has had enormous health benefits. Higher cigarette taxes deserve much of the credit; similarly, increasing duties on alcohol can reduce binge drinking.... Read more »

New Ad Touts Public Health Success of Tobacco, Alcohol Taxes

December 19, 2018

The Maryland Healthcare for All Coalition is launching a video Wednesday demonstrating the success of alcohol and tobacco taxes to address public health issues in the state.... Read more »