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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 »

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 »

Harford executive, Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board say public input is crucial as it works to curb costs of medication

November 3, 2020

Maryland is the first state in the nation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board — a body charged with reviewing the rising cost of prescription drugs and making recommendations to the Maryland General Assembly on how they can be made more affordable — but input from consumers is crucial as board members and their supporters continue to visit communities around the state.... Read more »

Obamacare open enrollment begins amid pandemic, Supreme Court challenge

October 30, 2020

Maryland will open enrollment Sunday for health insurance plans created under the Affordable Care Act amid a rise in coronavirus cases and a looming Supreme Court challenge to the law. Demand is expected to be high as a result of the pandemic, which has infected more than 143,000 Marylanders and put tens of thousands out of work.... Read more »

Leader of Md. health group predicts legislature will override veto of prescription drug board funding

May 20, 2020

Nobody testified against it in either House. Not even the administration, which is part of the reason that the veto is so baffling.... Read more »

Advocates Confident of Override on Drug Board Funding

May 19, 2020

Citing strong backing from the Democrats who control the General Assembly, health care advocates expressed confidence on Monday that the legislature will overturn Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of one of their top priorities... Read more »

Media Release: MCHI Launches Digital Ad Campaign Against Governor’s Veto of Funding Bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board

May 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2020 Contact: Vincent DeMarco, 410-591-9162 Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Launches Digital Ad Campaign Against Governor’s Veto of Funding Bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board Veto Threatens Work of the Board and Aligns Governor with Pharmaceutical Industry Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) today launched a digital ad campaign to educate the […]... Read more »

MD Lawmakers Urged to Quash Veto of Nation’s First Drug-Pricing Board

May 12, 2020

"It is just completely baffling that Gov. Hogan would veto a bill which would pay back the state money and fund a really smart way to make prescription drugs more affordable," DeMarco said. "It seems he's taking the side of prescription-drug corporations against people who need their prescription drugs."... Read more »

Hogan Veto of Drug Board Funding Bill Baffles Advocates

May 9, 2020

The architects of the state’s fledgling Prescription Drug Affordability Board are urging the General Assembly to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of a measure to fund the panel’s operations.... Read more »