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Public Health in Tough Times

February 18, 2009 
(Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD)

Presented by:
MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Vincent DeMarco, JD, MA
President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Glenn Schneider, MPH
Director, Health Policy & Planning
Howard County Health Department




  • An overview of the Maryland General Assembly process
  • A summary of recent major legislative victories to expand health care access in Maryland
  • Summary of public health bills being considered by the 2009 General Assembly
  • A discussion of the Health Care Affordability Act of 2009
  • A further discussion of proposals to protect hospital patients from harmful debt collection policies; insurance reforms; and educating doctors about quality and cost effectiveness of prescription drugs



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