ADVISORY: LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO PRESIDE OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM COORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING TO SELECT MARYLAND’S ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN
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LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO PRESIDE OVER HEALTH CARE REFORM COORDINATING COUNCIL MEETING TO SELECT MARYLAND’S ESSENTIAL HEALTH BENEFIT PLAN
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 26, 2012) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will preside over a meeting of the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council (HCRCC) in Annapolis. The Council, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Brown and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, will review the State's options for the benchmark health benefit plan that will define the "essential health benefits" to be covered in all plans sold in the small group and individual markets in Maryland for two years beginning on January 1, 2014. After the discussion, the Council will vote to select the State's benchmark plan from among the ten eligible options. The agenda for tomorrow’s meeting can be found on the Maryland Health Care Reform website here <http://www.healthreform.maryland.gov/2012/09/public-meeting-health-care-reform-coordinating-council/> .
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 341,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, established Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange, and put the State in position to maximize the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Independent analysis by the Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County has found that implementation of the ACA will benefit the State’s budget by $672 million through 2020, generate more than $3 billion in annual economic activity, cut the number of uninsured in half, and create more than 26,000 jobs.
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Preside Over Health Care Reform Coordinating Council
WHERE: Joint Hearing Room
Legislative Services Building
WHEN: Tomorrow, THURSDAY, September 27, 2012