Marc Greendorfer: Laws opposing the boycott movement of Israel do not violate Constitution

Introduced in response to the “BDS Movement”, a growing international campaign of intolerance and bigotry operating under the guise of human rights advocacy, Maryland House Bill 949 and Senate Bill 739 is an important and needed law that will help to protect many Marylanders from discrimination. Some of those who oppose anti-discrimination laws such as HB949/SB739 have argued that BDS activity is subject to the same type of constitutional protections that civil rights boycotts enjoy. However, a number of constitutional scholars, including my legal foundation, have engaged in exhaustive research of the issues and have demonstrated the flaws in claims that measures such as these violate the Constitution.

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Rachel King, Doug Doerfler: Md. drug pricing transparency bill misunderstands U.S. medicine market

Maryland has a well-earned reputation as a growing hub for biomedical innovation, due in large part to strong economic development plans focused on the life sciences that have been supported by a succession of Democratic and Republican governors and the state legislature. Our state is home to not only the National Institutes of Health but also to one of the largest clusters of research-based biopharmaceutical companies in the country. The majority of these companies are small enterprises focused on turning groundbreaking scientific ideas into treatments and cures for many serious and life-threatening diseases. In addition to important life-saving medicines, these companies also provide good, high-paying jobs to tens of thousands of men and women across our state. (Balt. Sun)

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BMC's COG Quarterly: Winter 2017 Issue

Dear Friends,

It’s hard to overstate the importance of cooperation to effective governance. At the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), we are proud to ring in 2017 in a renewed spirit of regionalism, which we're proud to highlight in the Winter 2017 issue of our digital magazine, COG Quarterly.

In our cover story, local government leaders from around the region share with us what regionalism means to economic and workforce development, transportation planning, cooperative purchasing, housing, emergency management and public health.  Each offers a unique perspective on the benefits of working together toward our common goals.

We invite you to read the magazine here.
Thank you for reading this issue of COG Quarterly. As always, please email us at  with your comments and story suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael B. Kelly
Executive Director

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Riverside Health is now University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP)

Riverside Health is now a part of University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), becoming University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP). With a new name and the resources of a world-class university, its top priority continues to be high-quality care and support for low-income neighbors in our community. UMHP offers excellent customer service because our community is their community.  With more than 35,000 members and over 7,000 healthcare providers across Maryland, UMHP is the smart healthcare choice.  Learn more at

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Patient Advocacy Group Reports Maryland Survey on Health Concerns

For the many Americans who suffer from chronic disease, affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage is critical. Yet a new study by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) finds that more than half of Marylanders think that health insurance is on the wrong track. PFCD Chairman Dr. Kenneth Thorpe and Jessica Honke of the National Alliance on Mental Illness describe the biggest problems in insurance coverage and the importance of consistent access to medication for those who suffer from chronic disease.

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UMBC at 50: Momentum and Impact

Damian O'Doherty speaks to Freeman Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and Tom Sadowski '89, Vice Chancellor for Economic Development, University System of Maryland (USM), about UMBC’s vitality and influence as a public research institution as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.  The university asked Sage Policy Group to assess UMBC’s impact as a university and as an engine of economic growth in Maryland.  The group’s report, UMBC at 50: Momentum and Impact, makes a clear and compelling case for the university’s dynamic intellectual, social, and economic influence in its first five decades.

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Delegate Kirill Reznik: What Are Republicans Going To Do About Healthcare?

For the better part of six years, Republicans have been screaming their heads off about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (which they initially dubbed Obamacare).  They’ve done more about the repealing part than the replacing part, mainly because the latter is much, much harder do to.  And there is a reason for that that I will go into in a bit.

KOFA Policy Call: The Future of the ACA, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 [Audio Recording]

On Tuesday January 10th, KOFA Public Affairs hosted their first policy call of 2017 with three distinguished guests, who discussed the future of the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.  John Deane, Chairman for Advisory Board Consulting, Jennifer Babcock, VP for Medicaid Policy and Director of Strategic Operations, ACAP and Dr. Leana Wen, Health Commissioner for Baltimore City discussed their perspectives on what to anticipate and what the likely impact will be on health insurance coverage. Listen to the recording here.

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