A philosophical divide over the benefits of shared risk versus the rights of individual companies to make health insurance choices lies at the heart of a high-stakes tussle now playing out in Annapolis.
House lawmakers crafted a plan Friday to reverse many of Gov. Larry Hogan's budget cuts and restore spending in areas they thought he shortchanged — education, Medicaid and a pay raise for state employees.
While the state's investment in substance use treatment has never met the need for care, Maryland is building a solid public health and health care financing system that can be mobilized to address our overdose epidemic. The state can turn the corner on the tragic loss of life by taking full advantage of its health care system.
Harford County's first health clinic set up to serve uninsured and under-insured patients, as well as those with full health coverage, has already seen 800 patients, even though it has only been open for about eight weeks.
The health care law that was supposed to make insurance available to hundreds of thousands in the state is costing Marylanders so much in prescription drug costs that it may deter patients from taking their medicine, the survey by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease found.
National health reform was supposed to open the doors to mental health services for hundreds of thousands of people who couldn't get treatment, but in Maryland patients are finding there aren't enough doctors.
Although health insurance costs have not exploded under the Affordable Care Act, as many critics said would happen, the law hasn't provided much relief to American workers either, according to a new study of employer-provided health benefits.
Harford County government officials plan to spend $6.75 million during the current fiscal year to finance an early retirement incentive for 100 county employees, an incentive that includes several one-time payouts and health insurance subsidies for those who take early retirement.
Some consumers had health plans that didn't comply with the Affordable Care Act. After reprieve, they must purchase new plans on health exchanges this year. Many are finding higher premiums or less coverage.
Van T. Mitchell, an Annapolis lobbyist who is Gov.-elect Larry Hogan's choice to serve as Maryland's health secretary, said Friday that he will recuse himself from considering matters that involve his former clients.
Those who choose to shop for a plan on the Maryland Health Connection have the option to choose between four "metal" levels of coverage — bronze, silver, gold and platinum, which cover 60, 70, 80 and 90 percent of health care costs on average, respectively, according to the website.
As Maryland enters the second year of enrollment for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, we might ask this question: Is anybody feeling better? I don't mean about the ACA, or Obamacare, though we'll get to that subject in a moment. I mean, has the ACA made anyone healthier?
Maryland's health insurance exchange has been tested and is ready for consumers to begin buying policies this Saturday during the first enrollment fair of the season, according to Isabel FitzGerald, the state's information technology secretary brought in to ready the online portal.
LifeBridge Health and Carroll Hospital Center plan to form a "strategic partnership" that would align the Westminster facility with the Baltimore-based hospital system, the organizations said Thursday.