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STATEMENT FROM LT. GOVERNOR BROWN ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT



STATEMENT FROM LT. GOVERNOR BROWN ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

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STATEMENT FROM LT. GOVERNOR BROWN
ON THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 23, 2013)
– Lt. Governor Anthony

G. Brown released the following statement today in recognition of the third anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA):

Three years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act because he believed that access to health care was an important part of growing our Middle Class and laying a strong foundation for America’s future.

Maryland has become a national leader on health care reform because we acted early, worked in partnership with stakeholders in the public and private sectors, and always put the needs of Marylanders first. As a result of our actions, we've expanded health care coverage to over 367,000 Marylanders who were previously uninsured. We also worked together to build a state-of-the-art health benefit exchange, The Maryland Health Connection, that accommodates the specific needs of individuals and small businesses throughout our state.

While we’ve made great progress, we know that our work is far from over. Looking to the future, Governor O’Malley and I pledge to continue our efforts until each and every Marylander has access to quality, affordable health care.

Maryland was one of the first six states in the U.S. to receive conditional approval from the Federal Government to operate a state-based health insurance exchange in 2014. During this year’s Legislative Session, the Lt. Governor is leading efforts to pass the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s
Health Progress Act of 2013, the last step in the State's three-year effort to establish its health benefit exchange and fully implement the other protections of the ACA in time to meet the January 1, 2014 federal deadline.

Lt. Governor Brown leads the 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 367,000 Marylanders, half of whom are children, established Maryland’s Health Benefit Exchange, and put the State in position to maximize the 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.