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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 »

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 »

Congressman Brown: “Justice And Equity Must Extend Throughout Our Communities — Including Our Health Care System”

February 2, 2021

Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) testified before the Maryland House of Delegates Health & Government Operations Committee in support of the Maryland Health Equity Resource Act. ... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Media Release: Johns Hopkins Institutions Endorse Major Initiative to Expand Health Care in Underserved Communities

January 8, 2021

Legislative initiative would increase sales tax on alcohol to generate significant new resources for communities with disparate health outcomes across Maryland ... Read more »

The Daily Record: Lawmakers, group back health equity resource proposal

Legislation to create permanent Health Equity Resource Communities will be introduced during the 2021 General Assembly session with the support of over 250 groups and organizations in the state, including Johns Hopkins. ... Read more »