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ACA mandate gone, but a few states still require coverage

January 1, 2019

Backers argued the mandate was needed to spread risk widely among people both sick and healthy. And they pointed out the ACA had key protections built in for those with lower incomes, including subsidized insurance plans and an expansion of the Medicaid program.... Read more »

Here’s what health care advocacy orgs are targeting in the 2019 session

December 19, 2018

One of the top legislative priorities for 2019 among health care advocacy groups is increasing drug affordability and transparency.... Read more »

New Video Demonstrates Success of Alcohol and Tobacco Taxes to Address Public Health Issues and Save Lives

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

Lowering Maryland Health Insurance Cost

July 11, 2018

Tune in to watch our own Vinny DeMarco tell Comcast Newsmakers what we can do in Maryland to protect health coverage gains made under the Affordable Care Act and bring down prescription drug costs. All Marylanders deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare!... Read more »

Public Forum on Medicaid in Maryland

January 4, 2018

Severna Park Voice January 4, 2018 Date: 01/25/2018 – 01/25/2018 Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Location: Annapolis Friends Meeting House Address: 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis Website: www.csgannapolis.org/medicaid In cooperation with Congressman John Sarbanes, the Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative and Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis present a forum on Medicaid in Maryland. We know that Medicaid matters to you, and […]... Read more »

Van Hollen, Ruppersberger join citizens to discuss healthcare

November 27, 2017

“This is the fifth of our events across the state to highlight the benefits of Medicaid for Marylanders, “president of the advocacy group Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, Vincent DeMarco said... Read more »

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a GOP stronghold, home to thousands who now have insurance thanks to Obamacare

September 5, 2017

"Obamacare sustained us, I guess you could say," Birckhead said. "I don't know what people are going to do if they lose their coverage..."... Read more »

Maryland health care advocates celebrate after repeal bill fails

July 31, 2017

"We are here with one simple message: The life-saving Affordable Care Act is here to stay," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.... Read more »

‘I’m scared to death’: Advocates, recipients fear for Medicaid’s future in Maryland

July 18, 2017

delmarvanow Jeremy Cox July 17, 2017 The symptoms came out of nowhere. Chris Sabas had been accepted at a seminary in Canada to become ordained in the Anglican Church when she began experiencing myriad neurological problems. The numbness, involuntary muscle movement and vertigo were so debilitating that the 43-year-old was forced to abandon her plans and move […]... Read more »

At Baltimore town hall, defending Medicaid

May 17, 2017

WYPR May 16, 2017 Rachel Braye Several dozen people defended Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act Monday night at a town hall at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Maryland congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes, both Democrats, listened as person after person shared personal health stories. One of these stories came from 63-year-old Dean Dodson. […]... Read more »