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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 »

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

April 16, 2021

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

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

April 15, 2021

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

State of Reform: Health advocates praise productive legislative session

April 13, 2021

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 »

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 »