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Protect the Affordable Care Act

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a great success in Maryland. Over 400,000 individuals in the state have gained health insurance coverage since the ACA was implemented. We are very proud of the Members of the Maryland Congressional Delegation who helped block efforts to repeal this life-saving law. We must do everything we can to protect the ACA in Maryland and to build on this success to reach our goal of quality, affordable healthcare for all Maryland.

Unfortunately, our progress is still at risk through federal sabotage of the Affordable Care Act, but we are working to protect healthcare in Maryland through the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission.

Here is what we have accomplished in Maryland recently:

  • In 2020 we helped pass critical legislation to defend the ACA in Maryland. We are pleased that the General Assembly has enshrined key principles of the Affordable Care Act in Maryland law, and that that measure is becoming law without the Governor’s signature. This measure is urgently needed as the Trump administration and others seek to overturn the ACA in court, which could lead to the loss of insurance for people in Maryland and across the country. Should the ACA be overturned in court, its consumer protections could also be lost. Now we have a law on the books in Maryland to maintain these important consumer protections, including a ban on insurers discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. We thank the lead sponsors on this measure, Senator Brian Feldman and Delegates Shane Pendergrass and Joseline Peña-Melnyk, for their leadership.

 

  • In 2019 we helped pass legislation to create the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program. We thank the Maryland General Assembly for passing this measure and Senator Brian J. Feldman and Delegate Joseline A. Peña-Melnyk for being the lead sponsors. We thank Governor Hogan for signing it into law. Here’s how it works: Marylanders are asked on their state tax return if they had quality health coverage in the past year. If they answer no, they will be assisted in getting health coverage. They get the care they need while we shrink uncompensated care, holding down insurance costs for everyone. The Easy Enrollment Program is currently going until the tax filing deadline of July 15, 2020. Click here to learn more!

 

  • In 2018 we helped pass legislation to 1) create a reinsurance program to stabilize premiums on the individual market, 2) provide protections against proposed federal rules to expand substandard limited-duration plans and association health plans, and 3) compel the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission to study and report on creating a statewide individual mandate to replace the federal mandate that will no longer be effective starting in 2020 as well as the Basic Health Plan.

 

  • In 2017 with our strong support, in 2017 the Maryland General Assembly created the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission which will monitor what happens in Washington and recommend how we can protect the health care of Marylanders. Our President, Vinny DeMarco, is a member of the Commission along with Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Board Member and small business leader, Jamal Lee.

 

We at the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition are championing an effort to preserve these gains and prevent repeal of the ACA. Join us—share your story about what the ACA means to you. Click here to share your story.