The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc.

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative established the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition in 1999. It is the state's largest health care consumer coalition with over 1,200 diverse organizational members, including religious, health, community, labor, and business groups from across the state. The Initiative’s members want to solve Maryland's health care crisis by winning access to quality affordable health care for all Marylanders, especially children. See below for more information about the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Pens Letter to the Editor in Baltimore Sun

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    MD: Vincent Demarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, wrote a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun highlighting some of the successes of the ACA and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Mr. DeMarco points out that the ACA helped reduce the uninsured rate in Maryland from 12.9% to 7.3% and that hundreds of thousands of individuals have health coverage for the first time.

  • Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition Announces Health System Forums

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    MD: Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Fund announced a series of public forums highlighting Maryland’s work to advance a new care model for hospitals focusing on preventive care and strengthening relationships with community providers. The forums will run from late January through early March across the state.

  • MCHI Thanks Outreach Summit Participants

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    MD: The Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative applauded and thanked stakeholders who participated in  outreach summits held in conjunction with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, regional connector entities, and community leaders. During the summits, over 300 people shared best practices and resources to inform open enrollment strategies. The next summit will be held on January 26, 2015. 

  • MCHI Highlights Marylanders’ Stories about Enrollment Successes

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    MD: The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative released a radio ad and a YouTube video featuring three Marylanders and their stories about obtaining health care coverage under the ACA.
  • Touchdown! Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Fund Launches Radio Ads with Baltimore Raven Player Lardarius Webb

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    MD: The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Fund launched an advertising campaign featuring Baltimore Ravens linebacker Lardarius Webb.  The radio ads encourage people to enroll by the March 31st deadline.

  • There’s Still Time to Enroll! Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative President Writes Op-Ed Leading the Way

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    MD: Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, wrote a Baltimore Sun op-ed promoting the benefits and affordability of health insurance coverage available under the ACA and sharing enrollment opportunities before March 31st.  According to DeMarco, 230,000 Marylanders have already benefited from the ACA.

  • MHCFA Launched Ads to Encourage Enrollment

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    MD: Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative Education Fund, was quoted in the Baltimore Sun about the 211 phone line campaign to help Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. residents enroll in coverage. The Fund is staffing the phone line and DeMarco said, “I think we’re really going to reach a lot of people. Some people just don’t know where to turn, and the 211 number is really easy to remember.”

  • Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition Quoted on Small Business Tax Credits

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    MD: Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition, was quoted by local media supporting the Maryland Comptroller’s participation in a pilot program in Howard County to raise awareness about tax credits available to small businesses. “We are hopeful that the comptroller’s mailing will significantly increase the number of small business in Howard County who know about and take advantage of the health care tax credits,” said DeMarco. He added that an estimated 66,000 small businesses in Maryland, including 5,000 in Howard County, should qualify for the credits.
  • Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition Quoted on Health Insurance Rate Cuts

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    MD: Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition, was quoted in an article in support of Maryland Insurance Commissioner cutting proposed premium rates for plans sold on the Exchange by 33% before approving them.  “This is really good news for Maryland consumers,” said DeMarco.

     

  • Maryland Partners Say "No!" To Proposed Regulations on CHIP 90 Day Waiting Period

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  • KidsWell Maryland Partners Issued a Press Release in Response to CCF's report on Children Coverage Trends in the United States

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    MD: Maryland KidsWell Grantees issued a press release in response to the Centers for Children and Families' report on children’s coverage trends in the U.S. highlighting that 3,000 more Maryland children were insured in 2011 compared to 2009.
  • KidsWell Maryland Partners were Highlighted in Articles on State ACA Implementation its Benefits to Residents

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    MD: The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc. and Maryland Advocates for Children and Youth were highlighted in articles focused on state activity around implementing the ACA and how it is benefiting state residents.
  • Op-Ed Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Small Businesses

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    Brian England, a  small business owner and Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) board member, published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun highlighting how his business has benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  England notes that the rising cost of health insurance has been one of the biggest barriers to developing a successful business. However, when England renewed his insurance in August 2011, he found that for the first time, insurance rates had gone down by 6% due to the ACA's MLR requirement.
  • Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund Released ACA Outreach Materials

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    Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative Education Fund, Inc. released presentation and educational materials used for outreach to the organization's coalition partners on what Affordable Care Act (ACA)  initiatives have gone into effect and what issues require a strong consumer voice to ensure effective implementation. Included in the materials is a presentation outline used for the Elev8 Learning Institute, a presentation deck providing an overview on the ACA and an Exchange handout developed with support from Community Catalyst which focuses on messaging research conducted by Celinda Lake.

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