Maryland will implement a groundbreaking new system of health care delivery. Using the rate setting structure, the state will set global budgets and other alternative approaches to payment that reward clinical systems of care for providing improved outcomes at lower costs. Support for this new demonstration has come from a coalition of the hospitals, the insurance companies and the state all working together with a common vision.
The O'Malley administration will propose emergency legislation to provide retroactive health coverage to people who tried to enroll by the end of December but couldn't because of the technical problems that have plagued Maryland's online insurance exchange.
Nearly two of every three people signing up for health care coverage on Maryland's troubled insurance exchange have qualified for Medicaid, the state and federal program for the poor. Enrolling even more of the state's low-income residents in the program has been embraced by state leaders as a success.
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
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
Some Democrats have begun sharpening criticism of Maryland's troubled health exchange. On Friday, two Maryland congressmen urged the state to consider any means necessary to speed progress, including using the federal exchange to reach an estimated 800,000 uninsured residents
By By Erin Cox, John Fritze and Andrea K. Walker and The Baltimore Sun
Rep. Andy Harris on Thursday proposed increasing the share states would pay to expand Medicaid under Obamacare as a way to roll back deep federal budget cuts known as sequestration -- an idea that met with quick opposition from supporters of the health care law.
Advocates and healthcare providers for LGBT and HIV-positive residents in Maryland have been scrambling for months to gather information on how the Affordable Care Act will impact their clients -- and now they're looking to share the information.