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Dr. Leana Wen: President Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Harms the Health of Baltimoreans

The federal budget proposal released on Tuesday by President Trump cuts life-saving services and will harm the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of Baltimoreans. It will particularly affect the following individuals:Seniors: One hundred thousand Baltimore City residents are over the age of 60, and 1 in 6 of these residents live below the poverty line. Cuts to Medicaid—which covers services that Medicare does not—could leave these seniors without prescription drugs, glasses, and hearing aids. The budget also makes cuts to essential programs like nursing home care and Meals on Wheels, which provides more than 187,000 meals to Baltimore older adults in their homes in each year.Children: Eighty thousand children in Baltimore depend on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for medical care. By cutting Medicaid, removing the enhanced federal match rate for CHIP, and capping reimbursement for CHIP services, the proposed budget will limit the ability of... Continue reading
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Dr. Leana Wen: How the Republic House Bill to Replace the ACA Will Harm Millions of Americans

Yesterday, the House passed legislation to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). This current bill worsens an already critically-flawed piece of legislation that was introduced in March and failed to pass. The bill will endanger millions of Americans, who will lose coverage for life-saving services. Millions more—including seniors—will no longer be able to pay for healthcare. The bill contains three key provisions that would result in dramatic consequences to health, in Maryland and across the country. First, the bill allows states to apply for waivers to remove the requirement that health plans cover essential health benefits. That means insurers are no longer required to cover basic maternity care, forcing pregnant women to pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket or forgo prenatal care. Studies have shown that women do not receive prenatal care are five times more likely to have infants who die than women who... Continue reading
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Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.... Continue reading
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Dundalk Renaissance Corporation Invites Next Generation of Home Buyers to Bayside Baltimore County

Diane Lesman, Marketing and Development Director for the Dundalk Renassiance Corporation, discusses the tremendous job growth and rising home values in Dundalk. The DRC's housing fair on Saturday, April 22 will provide information and exhibits on housing and financing, including grants for first-time home buyers, to welcome new families and professionals to Bayside Baltimore County.... Continue reading
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Jay Perman & Freeman Hrabowski: March for Science

On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march in Washington, DC, to celebrate and defend science—at a time when many believe that science does, in fact, need defending. President Trump’s budget proposal cuts 31 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency, slashes the Department of Energy’s basic science research program, and zeroes out a program that supports early-stage research into technologies that can reduce our national dependence on fossil fuels. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which spends $32 billion a year on biomedical research — most of which is undertaken in labs at universities and medical schools across the nation — would see a 20 percent cut, bringing the agency’s budget to its lowest level in 15 years. Beyond science, the president’s proposed budget also eliminates the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The attack on science comes not only in the... Continue reading
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