• Harm Reduction makes gains at 2016 General Assembly

    Even though no harm reduction-related bills passed during the just-completed 2016 General Assembly, it was still a good session for harm reduction advocates, says Scott Nolen, director of OSI’s drug addiction treatment program, in a City Paper op-ed. Del. Daniel Morhaim’s comprehensive package of bills designed to change the way we look at drug addiction—from […]

  • Real health care equity

    Women of all colors have historically faced discriminatory practices by health insurers and racial and ethnic minorities have suffered disproportionately from health disparities.

  • Guaranteeing appropriate medical care for all

    Since the health of each member in any community is a collective responsibility of the community as a whole, I’d like to propose an idea that should not be audacious at all: to be a responsible community, our country needs to join the rest of the developed world in establishing a health care system where routine access to appropriate medical care for every member is not only a possibility, but a certainty.

  • Preventing homelessness

    Health Care for the Homeless was pleased last month to release a new report exploring the relationships among homelessness, incarceration, and re-entry in Baltimore. Student interns, HCH staff, and dozens of people who have themselves experienced homelessness and incarceration spent long hours listening to more than 400 men and women who had been released from jail or prison within the past ten years.

  • Can new health insurance exchanges save money?

    Why not design an exchange that actually controls health care costs?

  • Creating Maryland’s health insurance exchange

    Editor’s note: Karen Davenport will be at OSI-Baltimore for a forum, Keeping Up with Changes in Health Reform: Health Insurance Exchanges in Maryland, on Thursday, July 21st. Early last week, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued draft regulations on health insurance exchanges—the new health insurance marketplaces, established under the health care reform […]

  • Making lemonade

    National health care reform is far from perfect. But, for better or worse, life affords all of us the opportunity to turn life’s lemons into lemonade. If Maryland officials keep patient’s health and well-being at the forefront, federal health care reform implementation could provide decent coverage to a large group of previously uninsured residents. Yes, […]

  • Health care reform—really

    My automobile’s engine was sputtering.  The mechanic called to report that it had been repaired; however, a glance under the hood revealed that the engine had been expanded with more cylinders and carburetors, but still ran raggedly.  “It would have been cheaper to replace it, but we wouldn’t have made as much profit.” The Patient […]

  • Creating a healthier Southwest Baltimore

    In Southwest Baltimore—as well as in communities across the country—our behaviors have led us to unhealthy lives and lifestyles. The increase of chronic health conditions (e.g. high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke) is affecting younger individuals and not enough people are concerned. In some neighborhoods in Southwest Baltimore, the life expectancy is 10-15 […]

  • Affordable health care for everyone

    Few things would be more audacious than for everyone in Baltimore City to have quality, affordable health care, including full access to prevention and treatment for addictions. This would surely help the tens of thousands of Baltimore residents who have no health care coverage and suffer physically, emotionally, and financially as a result. It would […]