Dr. Leana Wen: Six reasons to fight the ACA replacement plan

For months, I have received questions from concerned residents about how repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would impact their health. My patients were worried about whether they could still get medications to treat their heart disease and diabetes, whether they would they lose coverage for mental health and addiction services, and whether they would continue to get basic preventive services such as mammogram, pap smears and blood pressure screenings.

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Chris VanDeHoef: Protecting Maryland Consumers from Restrictive Ticketing Practices

When MGM opened a new performance venue at National Harbor in December, Maryland residents gained another opportunity to enjoy internationally-renowned artists and entertainment productions. But sometimes this excitement comes with costs and risks, and there is growing concern that the live entertainment industry is quietly imposing anti-consumer burdens that can surprise Marylanders and cost us hundreds of dollars. 

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Dr. Leana Wen: Remove red tape to save lives

The opioid epidemic continues to ravage Maryland, killing more residents every year than traffic accidents. We are in the midst of a public health emergency. Across the state, nearly 1500 people lost their lives to drug or alcohol overdose in the first nine months of 2016. The powerful opioid known as fentanyl is driving these high rates; in Baltimore City, fatal overdoses involving the drug have increased 20 times in the least three years.

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Martin O'Malley reacts to election of Perez for DNC chair

Former Democratic presidential candidate weighs in on 'Fox & Friends'. (Fox News)

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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 umhealthpartners.com/

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