With some 75 million beneficiaries nationwide, including 1.3 million in Maryland, proposed cuts to the 52-year-old Medicaid program have become a key stumbling block as the Senate considers the health care legislation approved by the Republican-controlled House in May.
Gov. Larry Hogan is meeting with three Trump administration cabinet secretaries in Washington Wednesday, pressing to prevent cuts to the state's health care access and to win funding for major transportation projects, the governor's aides said.
Healthcare advocates and Democratic lawmakers in Maryland called a GOP plan released Monday evening to replace the Affordable Care Act a threat to coverage for more than 400,000 residents, while top Republicans including Gov. Larry Hogan argued changes to the law were necessary to preserve access to health insurance.
For years, front line physicians have been left out of the reform process in favor of academia, economists and bureaucrats. Perhaps well intentioned, some of these actors nevertheless relied on raw political calculation to create the system we know now. As practicing physicians, we hope that newly confirmed health secretary Dr. Tom Price can lead a charge to restore the doctor-patient relationship.
Elijah Cummings, a 10-term Democratic congressman, returns to the 115th Congress this week amid a sea change in Washington, with a polarizing Republican about to enter the White House and the GOP in control of Congress.
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