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Moving Forward: Implementing Health Reform For You

Health Reform Coordinating Council wants your input

 

What we’ve done so far

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has been signed into law and has been upheld by the Supreme Court. It is now the law of the land, and both the federal government and the states are working to implement the law.

States have a lot of discretion and flexibility to apply the new policies of the Affordable Care Act in a way that best suits their unique health care systems and consumer needs. There are still hundreds of details left to work out, but Maryland’s business, community, and government leaders have been thinking about these questions for a long time and have a good head start. Governor Martin O’Malley established Maryland’s Health Care Reform Coordinating Council in 2010 by executive order, and the legislature passed HB 443, Maryland’s state law setting up the Exchange. This has allowed Maryland to win over $300 million in federal grants which will be used not only to strengthen our health care system but to also create jobs.

What now?

Maryland boasts a quasi-governmental Health Benefit Exchange with a Board of Directors that includes strong consumer advocates, state officials and industry representatives.  Both the Exchange and the Health Reform Coordinating Council host regular public meetings and advisory committees that guide implementation efforts. The Health Care for All! Coalition has been very involved in the process to date, serving on advisory committees, submitting written comments and conducting outreach to educate stakeholders about how to get more involved and how to take advantage of the many new coverage opportunities that are a part of health reform.

Your state officials are very interested in hearing from you so that they can make Maryland’s health care system into the strongest in the country. Maryland agencies hold public meetings to keep the public up to date on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland. Click here to see a calendar of upcoming council meetings.

Members of Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition will be attending all meetings to make sure that you are represented. You can follow the RSS feed of our news posts here (link). Follow us on Twitter (@HealthyMaryland) or on Facebook for the latest updates. And you can send us a tweet or leave a message to let us know what’s on your mind.