FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO ANNOUNCE FUNDING FOR ANNE ARUNDEL HEALTH ENTERPRISE ZONE
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 12, 2013) – MONDAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will hold a press conference at the Morris H. Blum Senior Apartment Complex to announce funding for the Anne Arundel Health Enterprise Zone in downtown Annapolis, which will be managed by Anne Arundel Health System (AAHS) in partnership with the the City of Annapolis and several other local partners. The Lt. Governor will be joined by House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen, AAHS President and CEO Victoria Bayless, community health advocates, and several other state and local officials.
The Anne Arundel HEZ is among the first five locations in Maryland designated as Health Enterprise Zones (HEZs) earlier this year. Championed by the Lt. Governor and jointly administered by CHRC and DHMH, the HEZ Initiative is a four-year pilot program with a budget of $4 million per year. Community coalitions in each of the five areas will receive a range of incentives, benefits, and grant funding to address unacceptable and persistent health disparities.
Anne Arundel Health System’s HEZ proposal seeks to improve public health outcomes in an underserved area in downtown Annapolis with high rates of emergency room utilization, hospital admissions and readmissions, and medical emergency 911 calls. The plan establishes a new patient-centered medical home (PCMH) with four additional staff members at the Morris Blum Senior Apartments. The complex is owned and operated by the City of Annapolis Housing Authority. The new PCMH will have the capacity to serve additional patients within a one mile radius and others within the City of Annapolis.
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 375,000 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 Announce Funding for Anne Arundel Health Enterprise Zone
WHERE: Morris H. Blum Senior Apartment Complex
701 Glenwood Street
WHEN: MONDAY, April 15, 2013