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Wednesday
Jul012015

2016 Insurance Rates

The Maryland Insurance Administration posted the proposed rates for 2016 health insurance plans. Three carriers proposed rate decreases -- All Savers/United Healthcare; Cigna; and United Healthcare of the Mid-Atlantic.  Three carriers proposed increases - CareFirst's were the highest ranging from 27% to 30% across three plans. 

The Coalition and 22 other organizations submitted comments to the MIA.  Included was a detailed analysis of proposed rates for CareFirst.  This was prepared by Jay Angoff of Mehri & Skalet, the first director of the HHS Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight.

Read our Op Ed in the Baltimore Sun submitted with Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association.

A recently released report from Express Scripts supports our contention that CareFirst’s proposed rates are too high.   The findings show that younger and healthier people purchased plans in 2015.  We would expect that to continue in 2016.  That would lower the projected costs used by CareFirst to determine their rates. 

Thursday
Jun252015

King v. Burwell - Victory!

On June 25th The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. 

Read a New York Times article about the ruling.

Thursday
Jun112015

Get Engaged and Give!

For almost 10 years your Coalition has been here for you - with information, resources, conferences, webinars, member reform update calls and more.  All to support our shared goal to advance health equity through access to high-quality, comprehensive and affordable health care for all Marylanders.

Read our Case Statement - you will see, we have much to be proud of, but there is much more to be done. OSI-B recognized this and it will match your donation dollar for dollar. So, now is the time to show your support.  

Donate Today.

Tuesday
Jun022015

Save the Date!

Save the date for our 2nd Annual Engagement Party -- Friday, September 25.  Once again we will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis.  You won't want to miss this so watch this space for more details and contact us if you want information.    

Tuesday
May262015

The 90 Day Report

The Department of Legislative Services of the Maryland General Assembly has put out The 90 Day Report: A review of the 2015 Legislative session.

Read the report.

Learn more about the legislation that was important to the Coalition.

Wednesday
May202015

Patient & Family Network Seeks Volunteers

Your insights as a patient or caregiver can help doctors, hospitals and nursing homes deliver better care. VHQC, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network for Maryland and Virginia, is seeking volunteers to contribute their experience to statewide healthcare improvement initiatives.

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