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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published September 20, 2012

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD AT FALL CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAINTRUST



LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD AT FALL CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAINTRUST

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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO RECEIVE CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD AT FALL CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS HEALTH BRAINTRUST


WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 20, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will speak about Maryland’s efforts to achieve health equity through the establishment of Health Enterprise Zones and implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act at the Fall Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation’s Health Braintrust Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. The Lt. Governor will also be receiving the organization’s Congressional Leadership Award for his efforts on health care.

"On behalf of the entire O’Malley-Brown Administration, I'm honored to receive this award from the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that has been working hard to protect the middle class, preserve voting rights for all Americans, and expand access to the millions in our country who are in need of health care," said Lt. Governor Brown. "We're committed to working on these issues with our partners in Federal government because we believe that all Americans – regardless of race, ethnicity or location – should be able to live healthy, productive lives."

The Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will be moderated by Bev Smith of the Bev Smith Show. It will also include presentations on improving health equity from the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Ms. Equilla Wainwright and family practice physician Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola. The CBC Health Braintrust, chaired by Congresswoman Donna Christensen of the U.S. Virgin Islands, has long established itself as an authority on African American and minority health policy on Capitol Hill.

During the 2012 Legislative Session, Lt. Governor Brown designed and led passage of legislation creating the innovative Health Enterprise Zones (HEZ) program to address health disparities. The FY 2013 State budget includes $4 million for a pilot program of two to four Health Enterprise Zones throughout Maryland that will be established through a competitive application process. A series of public forums held throughout the summer were followed by a report to the General Assembly. Applications will be accepted and reviewed this fall and the first HEZs are expected to be designated by the end of the year. For more information on the HEZ program visit http://dhmh.maryland.gov/healthenterprisezones <http://dhmh.maryland.gov/healthenterprisezones> .

Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 341,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, established Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange, and put the State in position to maximize the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Independent analysis by the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County has found that implementation of the ACA will benefit the state’s budget by $672 million through 2020, generate more than $3 billion in annual economic activity, cut the number of uninsured in half, and create more than 26,000 jobs.


WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Receive Congressional Leadership Award at Fall Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust

WHERE: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room 206
Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Tomorrow, FRIDAY, September 21, 12:30 PM