Physicians, politicians and the public must join together to push back against big business and advocate for what many know as “Medicare for All” or “single payer,” but I prefer to call “Health Care for All.”
Several health bills passed the legislature this session, including one to make it easier for the uninsured to enroll in a plan, a board to control drug prices and extension of a tax to stabilize the insurance market.
As an ob/gyn physician and an advocate for women’s health, I am immensely proud to live and work in Maryland, a state that has consistently acted first to pass policy and legislation protecting access to health care for women.
A little over a dozen people gathered in a room at the Carroll County Agriculture Center on a Saturday in late February, finding their seats in plastic folding chairs after grabbing information packets and fliers from two folding tables. The meeting topic? Marijuana. Medical cannabis.
As Washington politics continue to risk instability for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance markets, Maryland policy makers are working in a bipartisan manner in the best interests of the citizens of Maryland.
Gov. Larry Hogan doesn't need to lead the anti-Trumpers or set himself up for a presidential bid in 2020. He just needs to look out for his constituents in a calm, rational way. That's as anti-Trump as it gets.
Maryland may have allowed residents who did not qualify for Medicaid into the government health program for the poor by failing to consider all of their income, a routine audit of the quasi-governmental agency that oversees the Maryland health exchange found.
Conventional wisdom says Americans vote their pocketbooks. That’s why health care offers Democrats an advantage in the midterms, despite the strong economy and the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.
Federal guidance issued by CMS is now making it possible for health insurers to deny coverage to patients who receive assistance from non-profit charities. Maryland is one of 42 states with health plans that are now denying coverage to patients based on this CMS rule.
A Democratic staff report prepared at the request of U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings finds that roughly 3.5 million Marylanders face skyrocketing premiums or losing coverage altogether because of pre-existing conditions, age or gender.
Marylanders covered by Obamacare plans purchased on the individual market are likely to see hefty decreases in their 2019 premiums, thanks to legislation the General Assembly adopted this year. CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield and Kaiser Permanente are seeking to lower rates for HMO plans.
Top Maryland officials plan to announce Wednesday that the Trump administration has approved a federal waiver would stave off expected increases in health insurance costs for more than 200,000 state residents.
Baltimore and three other cities on Thursday filed suit against President Donald Trump's administration, accusing federal officials of “sabotage” in attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare.”
In an election year, Maryland's Republican governor Democratic-dominated General Assembly made a point of solving complicated and costly problems: passing tax relief, shoring up the state's individual insurance market, responding to Baltimore's record homicide rate and banning bump stocks.
State lawmakers have finalized a bipartisan measure to collect $380 million in taxes from health insurers next year, use the money to help hold down surging premiums for 150,000 Marylanders — and potentially prevent an Obamacare marketplace from altogether collapsing.
Maryland state lawmakers have just a week left to resolve some of the costliest and most controversial problems of the year: shoring up Obamacare, alleviating an expected rise in income taxes, expanding the medical marijuana industry and bolstering school safety.
Fearful that Maryland's individual insurance market could collapse weeks before Election Day, Democrat and Republican leaders have pushed a $380 million tax to shore up Obamacare in Maryland next year.
A new report commissioned by the Abell Foundation shows that tax policies are an effective strategy to maximize public health outcomes, based on increases in the sales tax of both alcohol and cigarettes in Maryland.
Describing recent health insurance premium increases in Maryland as “unsustainable,” Gov. Larry Hogan and the state’s legislative leaders on Wednesday embraced the idea of a federal reinsurance program that would help offset the expense of the sickest patients.