The dominant carrier on Maryland's health exchange, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will raise premiums beginning in January, though not nearly as much as the company wanted, according to information provided by state regulators Friday.
In a full reversal of existing state healthcare policy, transgender state employees in Maryland can now access gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other transition-related care under their state-provided health insurance plans.
Monday marks the end of a six-month enrollment push for Maryland's troubled health exchange, and despite a surge in the past week it is unclear whether the state can meet its goals and overcome technical problems that have persisted since the Oct. 1 debut.
The secretary of the state health department responded Tuesday to a Democratic congressman's request for an analysis of the pros and cons of switching to the federal insurance exchange, arguing in a letter that the "risks...outweigh the potential benefits."
Nearly four years after it was signed and after months of scrambling and uncertainty, President Obama's landmark bid to guarantee Americans health security takes full effect Wednesday as the Affordable Care Act begins delivering health coverage to millions of the nation's uninsured.
By Noam N. Levey, Chad Terhune and Andrea K. Walker and Tribune Newspapers
When state leaders brought in a new company to help repair their troubled health care exchange, they went to a company whose owner has a lot to gain from the sales of insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Two days after Gov. Martin O'Malley declared the state's online insurance marketplace finally worked for most consumers, a server crashed Monday morning, the call center became overwhelmed and the governor announced he was bringing in another contractor to improve the website.
By By Andrea K. Walker and Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun
Despite several years of decline and a public health campaign, the number of babies in Baltimore who die while sleeping in a bed with a parent or caregiver remains a persistent problem, the city's health commissioner said.
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown cast uncertainty Tuesday on the administration's ability to meet a deadline for repairs of the state's online insurance marketplace, which has had one of the country's most troubled rollouts of Obamacare.
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield said Tuesday that it would offer more than 55,500 individuals the chance to extend their healthcare plans for a year even though they don't comply with the federal Affordable Care Act.
With millions of consumers getting cancellation notices for their current health plans, President Obama announced Thursday that he will encourage insurance companies to continue offering their customers the same health plans next year.
The rates hospitals can charge for care would remain flat for the first six months of 2014 amid uncertainty over hospitals' financial stability and proposed changes in how they are compensated, under a draft recommendation a state panel made Wednesday.
As Obama continues his campaign to win over Americans skeptical of the Affordable Care Act, the ranks of critics are growing, swollen by people who are losing their existing health insurance because it does not comply with the law
Last week, Adam Sachs became the eighth candidate to file for a shot at a House of Delegates seat in District 12. He said he hopes a platform focused on health care, will help him stand out from the still-growing list of hopefuls.
Maryland small businesses buying health coverage for their employees through a new state insurance marketplace could pay anywhere from 5 percent less to 15 percent more in premiums next year under rates state regulators approved Tuesday.
Aetna Inc. canceled plans to sell insurance on Maryland's health insurance exchange as the insurer weighs participation in such marketplaces, set to open nationwide Oct. 1 as part of federal health care reform.
An influential U.S. health care panel's recommendation for lung cancer screening of high-risk patients could fortify Baltimore-area hospitals' efforts to prevent deaths from the disease, which kills more each year than the next four deadliest cancers combined.
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith Friday released approved premium increases for nine insurance companies who applied to sell plans to individuals through a state exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, established under health reform.
Since the Orioles started playing never-say-die comeback baseball the second half of last season, TV viewing has spiked. In 2011, O¿s telecasts on MASN ranked 18th in ratings among the teams in Major League Baseball. So far this season, they rank fifth, and have had an 86 percent jump in ratings since 2011.
The state's largest health insurer has proposed raising rates an average of 25 percent for those who buy through the individual market to help cover the cost of more sick people entering the pool under health reform.