Get unlimited digital access to baltimoresun.com. $0.99 for 4 weeks.
News Opinion Readers Respond

Legislature should support Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013

We at the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative are thrilled that the O'Malley Administration continues to make our state the lead dog in the pack implementing the Affordable Care Act. As with the previous two years, we are once again the envy of states across the nation with this year's bill, the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 (SB 274/HB 228).

This bill will help complete a three year process to ensure that hundreds of thousands of Marylanders that formally had little to no access to quality, affordable health care now have options that have never existed before. This bill promotes transparency, non-discrimination and fiscal responsibility that will help create a robust marketplace and provide feasible options for many Marylanders left out in the cold. The legislation also captures very significant funding from the federal government to continue the life-saving Medicaid expansion that Maryland began in 2007, which led to more than 300,000 of our citizens gaining health care coverage.

We cannot thank the administration enough for continuing to push forward with legislation that will make sure we all have opportunities to provide coverage for our families. Now, it is time for the Maryland General Assembly to act. We urge our legislators in Annapolis to stand with Maryland's children, mothers, and fathers and pass this critical piece of legislation — to continue the progress we have made over the years.

Matthew Celentano, Baltimore

The writer is the Deputy Director of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    • Health exchange turnaround
      Health exchange turnaround

      We'll cut Rep. Andy Harris some slack for his continued insistence that Maryland's health insurance exchange is a train wreck. After so mercilessly (and justifiably) pounding the O'Malley administration for the exchange's performance, it's got to be a reflex by now to view whatever news comes...

    • Obamacare is a costing Md.
      Obamacare is a costing Md.

      In response to Dan Rodricks column on Rep. Andy Harris and his opposition to Obamacare ("As Harris votes again for repeal, constituents get Obamacare," Feb. 5), it is one thing to point out the multitudes of people being signed up for Obamacare in the 1st District but quite another to suggest...

    • CareFirst's surprise birthday gift
      CareFirst's surprise birthday gift

      I got an unexpected present after turning 70 in December — a 35 percent premium increase on my Medigap insurance from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

    • Md. health exchange a home run for consumers
      Md. health exchange a home run for consumers

      The Sun's coverage of the Orioles' Adam Jones participating in health outreach is a good starting point to discuss the home run for consumers that is health reform in Maryland ("Adam Jones premieres health exchange radio ad," Jan. 30). Let's face it, Maryland's insurance marketplace has not...

    • Medicaid helps elderly, disabled
      Medicaid helps elderly, disabled

      As a health care professional, I would like to clarify a comment made in The Sun's editorial concerning Medicaid in Maryland ("A risky cut to Medicaid," Jan. 26).

    • Obamacare has raised costs
      Obamacare has raised costs

      I read with interest the news regarding the increased cost of drugs for those who have signed on with the Affordable Care Act. I am one of those who went from a co-pay of zero to a monthly cost of $299.62 for medication to control a chronic illness, ulcerative colitis. There is no cure and...

    • Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services
      Psychiatrists aren't the only ones who provide mental health services

      In response to your article concerning the dearth of psychiatrists in the area ("Health reform spotlights shortage in Md. of psychiatrists," Jan. 27), this is true, but you forgot to mention that there are other providers who treat mental health issues. For example, psychologists and social...

    • What's the bang for our health exchange buck?
      What's the bang for our health exchange buck?

      The article, "Health exchange enrolls over 100,000 people" (Dec. 17), was informative, and I hope reporter Meredith Cohn has a follow up.

    Comments
    Loading