Democrats host talk on health care in Md.

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Demo­cratic Club will host an evening on health care is­sues in Mary­land on Thurs­day, April 7, at Fish­er­man’s Inn, Kent Nar­rows, 6:30 p.m.

Gene M. Ran­som III served on the Queen Anne’s County Com­mis­sion, 20022010. As Com­mis­sioner, he fought to im­prove growth man­age­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy with the “big box” APFO leg­is­la­tion and an im­proved Com­pre­hen­sive plan. Now he ad­vo­cates for physi­cians, pa­tients and the pub­lic health of Mary­land as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of MedChi, the Mary­land State Med­i­cal So­ci­ety. MedChi sup­ports state leg­is­la­tors who are fight­ing to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of Mary­land physi­cians and pa­tients on leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­tory con­cerns. Among the goals of MedChi are to pro­mote med­i­cal knowl­edge, achieve high stan­dards for med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion and med­i­cal ethics, and se­cure univer­sal ac­cess to health care.

The club will also hear from Stephanie Klap­per, out­reach di­rec­tor for The Mary­land Cit­i­zens’ Health Ini­tia­tive, which has a mis­sion to ed­u­cate Mary­lan­ders about sound ways to achieve qual­ity, af­ford­able health­care. MCHI ad­vo­cates for health­care con­sumers and en­gages with lo­cal elected of­fi­cials on is­sues of pub­lic health. Work­ing with busi­ness, la­bor, faith, and health or­ga­ni­za­tions, the MCHI has lob­bied for a num­ber of laws to in­crease ac­cess to health­care and pre­scrip­tion drugs.

In­for­ma­tion on MedChi can be found at http://www. medchi.org. The Mary­land Cit­i­zens’ Health Ini­tia­tive, Health­care For All can be found at http://health­care forall.com.

GENE RAN­SOM

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