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Baltimore ‘Back-To-School Rally’ Gets Kids Prepared (WJZ)

Baltimore City students will head back to class one month from today.

Public Health Heroes: Office of Youth Violence Prevention Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Program

The Health Department’s Supporting Male Survivors of Violence Program (SMSV) is housed within the Office of Youth Violence Prevention, and is one of 12 pilot programs funded through the Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Baltimore Suing Trump Administration Over Healthcare (Patch)

The city of Baltimore is suing President Donald Trump and his administration over the Affordable Care Act. With a total of four cities listed as plaintiffs, the lawsuit was filed Thursday in Maryland district court.

"We are deeply concerned about the impact of the rising uninsured population on health and costs to our city," Baltimore Health Commissioner Leana Wen said in a statement Thursday.

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Health Department Raises Awareness about Benefits of Breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week – August 1 through August 7

Today, during World Breastfeeding Week, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen joined staff at the Health Department’s Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding for healthy mothers and babies.

Note From The Commissioner: Standing in Support of the CARE Act

Last Friday, I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on the Comprehensive Addiction Resources Emergency (CARE) Act introduced by Representative Elijah Cummings and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Congressman Cummings and Senator Warren were on the panel, along with Senator Ben Cardin, Representative John Sarbanes, Mayor Pugh, and several of our community partners, including hospitals, direct service providers, and individuals in recovery. The CARE Act—modeled after the Ryan White Act for HIV/AIDS—was introduced this year by Representative Cummings and Senator Warren.

Baltimore among cities suing Trump administration over campaign to tear down Affordable Care Act (Baltimore Fishbowl)

Baltimore is again suing the White House over its health care policies, this time due to the president’s alleged undermining of the Affordable Care Act. 

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland this morning, accuses the Trump administration of violating a constitutional clause to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” through the president’s very vocal push to repeal the eight-year-old Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, most of which took effect in 2014. The law mandated sweeping health insurance reforms in an attempt to expand coverage to millions of Americans, though many Republicans have opposed it, arguing it disrupts the existing private insurance scheme and is unaffordable for many Americans.

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Baltimore, four other jurisdictions sue Trump for 'sabotage' of ACA (Baltimore Business Journal)

Baltimore City joined citizens from four other U.S. cities in filing suit today against the Trump administration alleging intentional and unlawful sabotage of the Affordable Care Act.

The complaint was filed on behalf of Baltimore, Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, Chicago and citizens in Charlottesville, Virginia. It alleges that President Donald Trump and his administration have violated a constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed,” and in turn jeopardized access to affordable, quality health insurance. The suit, filed in Maryland federal court, challenges the administration’s actions against the ACA under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Take Care Clause of the Constitution. It calls on the court to order the president to faithfully execute the law.

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Leana Wen

Four cities sue Trump over Obamacare 'sabotage', claiming it violates constitution (Independent)

Four cities and two people have sued Donald Trump and other government agencies, alleging the US president’s “sabotaging” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has violated the constitution. 

A lawsuit filed by Baltimore, Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati and Chicago stated Mr Trump and his administration have waged a “relentless campaign” to undermine and ultimately nullify Obamacare. The suit alleges Mr Trump has violated the constitution by two counts: a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and violation of the “take care” clause. 

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Suing the Trump administration to protect the ACA, health and the economy (The Hill)

In her op-ed, Dr. Leana Wen discusses why Baltimore City filed a suit against the Trump Adminisration for intentionally and unlawfully sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and how it will affect the residents of Baltimore.

"We in Baltimore join Columbus, Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio, Chicago, Illinois, and citizens in Charlottesville, Virginia, to express our deep concern about the consequences of sabotaging the ACA. In Baltimore, more than 10,000 residents are enrolled in plans purchased through the health insurance marketplace. Destabilizing the ACA could mean that 10,000 people in our city alone could become uninsured."

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Four cities sue Trump administration over ACA rollback (Modern Healthcare)

Four major U.S. cities sued the Trump administration Thursday over its regulatory dismantling of the Affordable Care Act, claiming that federal actions are already overtaxing their health departments.

Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, joined liberal advocacy groups in the suit, filed in a U.S. District Court in Maryland, alleging that President Donald Trump and his administration "are deliberately trying to make the (ACA) fail." They maintain that these efforts will drain city budgets and resources to manage public health as coverage rates are predicted to drop. 

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