As part of a five-year agreement with federal authorities announced Tuesday, state health officials will presume those leaving jail or prison are eligible for Medicaid and allow them to sign up for the government-run health program for the poor
As Congress and the administration of President-elect Trump presses an overhaul of the federal health care law known as Obamacare, insurance exchanges in Maryland and around the country continue to sign people up for coverage – at a pace that could make it a banner year
The decision by the Maryland Insurance Administration leaves some 6,000 people who had bought Evergreen policies for 2016 with one week to choose a new plan or be automatically assigned to another insurer's policy in order to have coverage Jan. 1. Another 3,000 people who bought individual plans directly from Evergreen will also need to pick a new insurer.
With a host of federal health programs on the line with the incoming Trump administration, some public health experts in the Baltimore region are both bracing for big changes and offering their take on how to better spend taxpayer funds to improve outcomes for millions of Americans
The national uncertainty we face is deeply personal. In 2010, 81,000 adults on Baltimore City were without health insurance. That number has been cut in half — meaning that more than 40,000 now have access to life-saving care. Will their coverage now be at risk? Will our neighbors and family members be priced out of the basic right to health? As the city's doctor, I worry about the uncertain path ahead.
As of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that the percent of Maryland residents who are uninsured dropped from 12.9 percent to 7.8 percent and that the state has received almost $200 million in funded related to the ACA's implementation. These figures alone show the financial impact of changing or repealing and replacing the current law. It is time for campaign slogans to be retired and serious discussions to begin on the future of health reform in the U.S.
Maryland lawmakers and health officials Monday proved they are moving ahead with enrolling people in health plans despite threats by president-elect Donald J. Trump to dismantle parts of the Affordable Care Act.
With the election of Donald J. Trump, Maryland's health care community is not only worried about the future for the nearly 421,000 people in the state who now have insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, but also the state's unique cost-control agreement with Medicare.
Those in the field of mental health have long been concerned about access to treatment, as well as parity in insurance coverage for medical and mental health. But legislation in Congress and discussion on the presidential campaign trail, is bringing the subject fresh attention
Evergreen Health, once considered among the most successful of the health insurance co-ops formed under the federal Affordable Care Act, will be aquired by a consoritum of private investors and converted to a for-profit insurance company.
Donald Trump's campaign strategy must be to flood us with so much nonsense that you cannot deal with any of it — there's always something else just around the bend. What is notably absent from the Trump campaign is a coherent message about anything at all. He's flip-flopped on pretty much every issue he has spoken on: birtherism, immigration, health care, women's health, taxes, releasing his own medical reports. You just can't tell where he is, what he stands for, or what he believes in,
State regulators announced they have approved double-digit rate increases for the four companies that sell heath plans on a state exchange, or online marketplace, set up under Affordable Care Act for people who don't get coverage through their employer.
Chase Brexton Health Care workers troubled over what they say are longer work days, heavy patient loads and the elimination of crucial staff training programs voted overwhelmingly Thursday to form a union. The final vote was 87 to 9 after 15 votes were challenged and not counted, according to leaders with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union.
Each year the Annie E. Casey Foundation publishes their Kids Count Data Book: State Trends in Child Well-Being. The report reviews the variables related to children's health and overall well-being, nationally and by state, and can be viewed or downloaded at www.aecf.org/2016db.
Faced with a shortage of primary care doctors nationally, a program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine matches students with mentors in underserved areas so they learn what it would be like to work there.
Insurance companies in Maryland will cover all forms of birth control — from birth control pills to vasectomies -- with no out-of-pocket costs to consumers under a bill being signed into law on Tuesday.
Seeking to slash the red tape that keeps ex-prisoners with chronic health ailments, mental illness and drug addiction from getting health coverage, Maryland has proposed giving thousands of newly-released inmates temporary Medicaid membership with few questions asked.
The social services network in Baltimore, as in many cities, is not consolidated or accessible as a whole. Health care providers and community health workers spend untold hours searching for, sorting and engaging needed social services for patients — and then have no way to monitor and assess their actual use by individuals. It's a considerable problem. Social inequities significantly affect health outcomes.