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Posts from — February 2018

Maryland, D.C. consider measures to stabilize state health exchanges

February 23, 2018

Washington Business Journal February 22, 2018 Tina Reed As the federal government continues to challenge the Affordable Care Act, Maryland and District officials are considering state-level rules to protect the affordability and viability of their public health insurance marketplaces. The dual campaigns join those in other states, including California and Connecticut, to draft laws that would preserve […]... Read more »

FACED WITH POTENTIAL INSURANCE CRISIS, MARYLAND WEIGHS NEW COVERAGE MANDATE

Maryland Matters February 22, 2018 By Bruce DePuyt Maryland’s individual health insurance market is in danger of collapse if government and industry don’t find ways to persuade younger, healthier people to purchase coverage, a legislative panel was told Wednesday. The culprit, according to industry leaders, is the decision late last year by Congress and President […]... Read more »

Here’s why Maryland needs a Basic Health Plan

February 22, 2018

Washington Post February 22, 2018 Op-Ed-Delegate Robbyn Lewis Health care is a human right. Without universal access to quality, affordable health care, nothing else matters. Children need good health to learn and grow, and working adults need it to be engaged, creative and productive citizens. Unfortunately, Republicans are using their control of the federal government […]... Read more »

Maryland ponders ways to stabilize health insurance markets

A separate measure that received a hearing would create an individual health care mandate at the state level. ... Read more »

General Assembly weighs bill to require Marylanders to buy health insurance

Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, praised the idea of using the penalty to help pay for insurance. His group is pushing the bill.... Read more »

Maryland bill would impose individual health insurance mandates

Maryland lawmakers are considering their own version of the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

Md. Senate committee considers complicated health care changes

February 21, 2018

Daily Record February 21, 2018 Tim Curtis ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers were still making changes to a bill designed to stabilize the individual health insurance market hours before a hearing Wednesday, demonstrating the complexity of finding a solution to federal health care changes. Late changes to a bill presented to the Senate Finance Committee allowed […]... Read more »

Trump’s latest effort to undermine the ACA makes Maryland action all the more crucial

Fortunately, Maryland can take matters into its own hands, and health policy experts have proposed an ingenious way to do it.... Read more »

Trump wants taxpayers to spend more on health care for less coverage

February 20, 2018

Think Progress Amanda Gomez Feburary 20, 2018 The Trump administration announced a sizable change to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Tuesday– winding back Obama-era rules on skimpier health insurance. The administration is proposing to expand access to short-term health plans, which is intended to fill temporary gaps in coverage and provide some consumers with cheaper options because the […]... Read more »

Maryland weighs new approach to curbing prescription drug costs

Washington Post February 16, 2018 Josh Hicks A Maryland bill that would make the state a national test case for controlling prescription drug costs has garnered broad legislative support in Annapolis but could put the state on a legal collision course with the pharmaceutical industry. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) […]... Read more »