Diseases and Illnesses

Misguided policy denies health coverage to vulnerable patients

Misguided policy denies health coverage to vulnerable patients

The rising costs of health care continue to be a challenge for all Marylanders and their families, and particularly those living with expensive, chronic health conditions. Unfortunately, a misguided policy from the Baltimore-based U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may have inadvertently created a new “pre-existing condition” that is making matters worse for many of the state’s most vulnerable patients.

Patients in Maryland living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses such as sickle cell disease, arthritis, hemophilia, cancer and HIV/AIDS often face higher insurance premiums simply to keep the health coverage they need to manage their conditions and live...

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