LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO TESTIFY ON
ADMINISTRATION’S HEALTH REFORM
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 12, 2013) – TOMORROW, Lt. Governor Brown will testify before both the House Health & Government Operations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee in support of the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 (HB228/SB274). This Administration bill constitutes the last step in the State’s three-year efforts to establish its health benefit exchange, enhance access to affordable coverage, and fully implement the other protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Maryland.
The legislation includes: the expansion of Medicaid as permitted under the ACA; the establishment of a dedicated funding stream for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange from the existing premium tax on health insurers; provisions to move enrollees of the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) into the Exchange in a manner that eases their transition and mitigates the potential impact on rates; provisions to ensure continuity of care for those switching insurance policies and moving in and out of Medicaid and commercial insurance, and other necessary changes to become fully compliant with the ACA.
"Over the past 6 years, we've been working hard to make Maryland one of the healthiest states in the nation, and full implementation of The Affordable Care Act is an important part of achieving that goal," said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. "With the passage of this legislation, we will be one step closer to ensuring that every Marylander has access to the quality, affordable health care they deserve."
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 more than 365,000 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.
HEARING SCHEDULE: House Health & Government Operations Committee Hearing