Health Equity & Social Determinants

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SB 5 (HB 28) - Public Health - Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Altering the information to be included in the Health Care Disparities Policy Report Card to include disparities in morbidity and mortality rates for dementia; requiring the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to publish health data that includes race and ethnicity information and to update the data biannually; requiring the Governor, beginning in fiscal year 2023, to include at least $1,788,314 in the annual budget bill for the Office; requiring a certain program to identify and approve implicit bias training programs; etc. SB 5

HB 28

SB 5- Public Health Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities- Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 28- Public Health Implicit Bias Training and the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 745 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 744 (5/30)
SB 52 (HB 78) - Public Health - Maryland Commission on Health Equity (The Shirley Nathan-Pulliam Health Equity Act of 2021) Requiring the State designated exchange to participate in a certain advisory committee, maintain a certain data set, and provide data under certain circumstances; authorizing the State designated exchange to use certain data to improve outcomes for patients; establishing the Maryland Commission on Health Equity to employ a health equity framework by taking a collaborative approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities in the State and incorporating health considerations into broad-based decision making; etc. SB 52

HB 78

SB 52- Maryland Commission on Health Equity- Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 78- Maryland Commission on Health Equity- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 750 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 749 (5/30)
SB 66 (HB 97) - Department of Housing and Community Development - Office of Statewide Broadband - Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021) Establishing the Office of Statewide Broadband in the Department of Housing and Community Development to ensure that every resident of the State is supported by high-quality, affordable broadband Internet service and has the tools necessary to take advantage of the Internet; requiring the Office to develop, by July 1, 2022, a statewide plan to ensure that all State residents have the ability to connect to reliable broadband Internet by December 31, 2026; establishing the Digital Inclusion Fund to support capacity building in the State; etc. SB 66

HB 97

SB 66- Department of Housing and Community Development - Office of Digital Inclusion - Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021)- Letter of Support.pdf (2-10)

HB 97- Department of Housing and Community Development - Office of Digital Inclusion - Established (Digital Connectivity Act of 2021)- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 74 (4/13)

Vetoed by the Governor (Duplicative) (5/28)
SB 117 (HB 58) - Workgroup on Minority Homeownership, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Household Wealth Equity Establishing the Workgroup on Minority Homeownership, Neighborhood Revitalization, and Household Wealth Equity; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations to promote homeownership and create wealth-building opportunities for minority households and promote community revitalization through targeted investments in homeownership; requiring the Workgroup to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 1, 2021; etc. SB 117

HB 58

Hearing 2/09 at 1:00 p.m. (1/22)

Hearing 2/09 at 1:30 p.m. (Environment and Transportation) (1/26)
SB 172 (HB 463) - Maryland Health Equity Resource Act Establishing a Pathways to Health Equity Program in the Community Health Resources Commission to provide the foundation and guidance for a permanent Health Equity Resource Community program; requiring the Program to provide grant funding to reduce health disparities, improve health outcomes, improve access to primary care, promote primary and secondary prevention services, and reduce health care costs; requiring the Commission to establish Health Equity Resource Communities to target State resources to certain areas for certain purposes; etc. SB 172

HB 463

SB 172- Maryland Health Equity Resource Communities- Support.pdf (3-2)

1- HB 463- Maryland Health Equity Resource Communities- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 741 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 742 (5/30)
SB 199 (HB 114) - Transportation - Maryland Transit Administration Funding and MARC Rail Extension Study (Transit Safety and Investment Act) Establishing the Purple Line Construction Zone Grant Program to provide funds to qualified small businesses to assist in offsetting business revenue lost due to the construction of the Purple Line light rail project; requiring in each of fiscal years 2023 and 2024 the Department of Commerce to provide $1,000,000 in general funds to the Program; requiring the Department and the Maryland Transportation Administration to consult with small businesses in developing certain regulations; limiting grants awarded to $50,000 or less; etc. SB 199

HB 114

HB 114- Maryland Transit Administration - Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act)- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)

Vetoed by the Governor (Policy) (5/28)
SB 299 (HB 548) - Human Services - Trauma-Informed Care - Commission and Training (Healing Maryland's Trauma Act) Establishing the Commission on Trauma-Informed Care to coordinate a statewide initiative to prioritize the trauma-responsive and trauma-informed delivery of State services that impact children, youth, families, and older adults; requiring the Commission to submit its findings annually to the Governor and the General Assembly by June 30; requiring the Commission to study developing a process and framework for implementing an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Aware Program in the State; etc. SB 299

HB 548

SB 299- Human Services - Trauma-Informed Care - Commission and Training- Final Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 548- Human Services - Trauma-Informed Care - Commission and Training- Final Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 723 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 722 (5/30)
SB 365 - Neighborhood Business Development Program - Food Desert Projects - Business Retention Expanding the purposes of the Neighborhood Business Development Program to include retaining certain businesses and enterprises in food deserts and certain areas that serve food deserts; increasing to $100,000 the maximum amount of a certain small loan that may be provided to an approved entity for assistance in providing or maintaining access to healthy food in certain food deserts; etc. SB 365

SB 365- Neighborhood Business Development Program - Food Desert Projects - Business Retention- Letter of Support.pdf (2-11)

SB 365- Neighborhood Business Development Program - Food Desert Projects - Business Retention- Letter of Support X ET Committee Hearing.pdf (4-7)

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 91 (4/13)
SB 367 - Housing and Community Development - Neighborhood Revitalization Programs - Application Requirements Requiring an application for the Community Legacy Program, the Neighborhood Business Development Program, and the Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative Program within the Department of Housing and Community Development to include a letter of support from the legislative district in which a certain project or plan is proposed; and applying the Act prospectively. SB 367

Unfavorable Report by Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs (3/18)
SB 425 (HB 783) - Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences Establishing the Workgroup on Screening Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences; providing for the composition, chair, and staffing of the Workgroup; requiring the Workgroup to update, improve, and develop certain screening tools, submit certain screening tools to the Maryland Department of Health, study certain actions and best practices, develop a certain template, and make and develop certain recommendations; requiring the Workgroup to report its findings to the Governor and General Assembly by October 1, 2022; etc. SB 425

HB 783

Hearing canceled (Health and Government Operations) (3/20)

Hearing 2/23 at 1:30 p.m. (Health and Government Operations) (2/4)
SB 565 (HB 309) - Public Health - Data - Race and Ethnicity Information Altering a certain provision of law requiring the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to collaborate with the Maryland Health Care Commission to publish and provide a certain report card to require the Office to also collaborate with certain health occupations boards and to include certain information in the report card; requiring the Office, as permitted by certain privacy laws, to respond to requests for health data that includes race and ethnicity information within 30 days of receipt of the request; etc. SB 565

HB 309

SB 565- Public Health- Data- Race and Ethnicity Information- Support.pdf (3-2)

Maryland Hospital Association- HB 309- Public Health- Data- Race and Ethnicity Information- Support.pdf (2-11)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 762 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 761 (5/30)
SB 639 - Maryland Technology Development Corporation - Inclusion Fund - Establishment Establishing the Inclusion Fund in the Maryland Technology Development Corporation as a special, nonlapsing fund to provide capital investment in certain technology-based businesses; requiring the Corporation to administer the Fund; requiring the State Treasurer to hold the Fund, and the Comptroller to account for the Fund; specifying the contents of the Fund; specifying the purpose for which the Fund may be used; providing for the investment of money in and expenditures from the Fund; etc. SB 639

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 180 (5/18)
SB 674 (HB 1207) - Environment - Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities - Reform Altering the membership of the Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities; requiring the Commission's membership to reflect the diversity of the State to the extent practicable; requiring the Commission to meet at least six times a year; requiring the Commission to host at least four community listening sessions a year; requiring the Commission to conduct its meetings and sessions in different geographic locations in the State; requiring the sessions and meetings of the Commission to be accessible to all attendees; etc. SB 674

HB 1207

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 635 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 634 (5/30)
SB 777 (HB 1349) - Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund Renaming the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Coordination Services Grant Program Fund to be the Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund; altering the purpose of the Fund to include making grants to federally qualified health centers, hospitals, and certain providers to increase access to prenatal care, which may include behavioral and oral health services; altering the proposals from counties or municipalities that are required to receive priority in the awarding of grants; etc. SB 777

HB 1349

SB 777- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 1349- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (3-10)

HB 1349- Public Health - Maryland Prenatal and Infant Care Grant Program Fund- Letter of Support.pdf (4-7)

Dr Blair Eig- HB 1349 testimony.docx (4-7)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 495 (5/30)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 494 (5/30)
SB 796 - Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and Maryland Health Care Commission - Reporting Requirements Altering a certain provision of law requiring the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to collaborate with the Maryland Health Care Commission to publish and provide a certain report card to require the report card to include the racial and ethnic composition of all individuals who hold a certain license or certificate, rather than only physicians; requiring the report card to include a comparison of certain information; etc. SB 796

SB 796- Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities and Maryland Health Care Commission – Reporting Requirements- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Hearing 3/30 at 1:30 p.m. (3/24)
SB 909 - Capital Projects - Minority Business Enterprise Goals Requiring the Governor's Office of Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, prior to the release of State funds for a certain capital project that receives at least $3,000,000 in a single fiscal year, to review the project for subcontracting opportunities under the State Minority Business Enterprise Program and, if practicable, establish minority business enterprise subgoals for the project; requiring the Office to consider minority business enterprises when setting certain subgoals; etc. SB 909

SB 909- Capital Projects - Minority Business Enterprise Goal- Letter of Concern.pdf (3-8)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 728 (5/30)
SB 923 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Eligibility Requiring the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide comprehensive medical, dental, and other health care services for a pregnant Program recipient for the duration of the pregnancy and for 1 year immediately following the end of the woman's pregnancy. SB 923

SB 923- Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Eligibility and Disenrollment- Support with Sponsor Amendmentes.pdf (3-8)

Enacted under Article II, Section 17(c) of the Maryland Constitution - Chapter 470 (5/30)
HB 915 - Workgroup on Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific Islander, and Other Underrepresented Behavioral Health Professionals Establishing the Workgroup on Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific Islander, and Other Underrepresented Behavioral Health Professionals; requiring the Workgroup to study and make recommendations regarding certain behavioral health professionals and certain students who are Black, Latino, Asian American Pacific Islander or otherwise underrepresented in the behavioral health profession; authorizing the Workgroup to establish a certain subgroup to assist the Workgroup; requiring the workgroup to report its findings by July 1, 2022; etc. HB 915

HB 915- Workgroup on Black, Latino, and Other Underrepresented Mental Health Professionals- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

HB 915- Workgroup on Black Latino and Other Underrepresented Mental Health Professionals- Letter of Support- X EHEA Committee Hearing.docx (4-7)

Hearing 4/06 at 1:00 p.m. (3/24)
HB 1010 - Prince George's County - Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreements - Low-Income Housing PG 415-21 Authorizing the governing body of Prince George's County to enter into an agreement with an owner of real property who is engaged in constructing or operating housing structures or projects for the payment of a negotiated amount in lieu of county property taxes on the property; requiring property that is subject to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement to be used for a housing structure or project that is acquired, constructed, or rehabilitated under certain programs or acquired under a Right of First Refusal program; etc. HB 1010

Approved by the Governor - Chapter 248 (5/18)
HB 1258 - Health Enterprise Zones - Established (Restoring the Promise Act of 2021) Declaring certain findings related to Health Enterprise Zones; requiring the Governor to include $68,000,000 in the annual budget bill for fiscal year 2023 for waiting list services for individuals with developmental disabilities; requiring the Secretary of Health to designate contiguous geographic areas with documented health disparities and poor health outcomes as Health Enterprise Zones; authorizing certain entities to apply on behalf of certain areas for designation as Health Enterprise Zones; etc. HB 1258

Withdrawn by Sponsor (3/15)
HB 1325 - Food Insecurity Zones - State Legislative Districts - Reports Requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Department of Planning to jointly produce a report for each State legislative district on the food environment in that district on or before December 1, 2021, and every 2 years thereafter; requiring the reports to include the metrics that determine food insecurity zones; requiring the reports to follow a certain format and be of a certain level of detail; authorizing the departments to collaborate with certain universities and nonprofit organizations; etc. HB 1325

HB 1325- Food Insecurity Zones – State Legislative Districts – Reports- Letter of Support.pdf (3-2)

Hearing 3/02 at 1:30 p.m. (2/10)