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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 »

MEDIA RELEASE: Statement About General Assembly Override of Veto of Bill to Fund Prescription Drug Affordability Board

February 11, 2021

Vincent DeMarco released the following statement today after the Maryland House voted overwhelmingly (95-38) to override Governor Hogan’s veto of legislation from 2020 to establish funding for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

Maryland Reporter: MARYLAND LEADERS URGE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO OVERRIDE VETO OF LEGISLATION THAT WOULD FUND STATE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BOARD

February 2, 2021

Maryland’s county and city leaders teamed up on Tuesday to urge the General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation that would establish a permanent funding source for the Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... Read more »

State of Reform: Bipartisan group of state leaders urges House to override drug price board funding veto

Several county executives, associations and the mayor of Baltimore are urging the Maryland General Assembly to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of HB 1095, which would establish a funding source for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board. ... Read more »

State of Reform : Senate overturns Hogan’s veto over funding drug affordability board

January 18, 2021

The Maryland Senate voted to override several of Gov. Larry Hogan’s vetoes Friday, including a measure that would fund the Prescription Drug Affordability Board.... 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 »

Baltimore Sun: Maryland health equity initiative legislation includes increase in alcohol tax to 10%

Johns Hopkins officials endorsed the Health Equity Resource Communities Act at a virtual news conference Friday attended by a slate of Maryland lawmakers and executives, including state Attorney General Brian Frosh and Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. ... Read more »

DEMARCO HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH CARE POLICY GOALS FOR THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION

December 9, 2020

MarylandReporter.com spoke with Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco this week about his group’s three main policy goals for the upcoming legislative session: making prescription drugs more affordable, protecting and building on the Affordable Care Act, and promoting health equity. ... Read more »