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Wednesday
Feb032016

Save the Date!!!

Since we formed the Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform in 2006, our mission has been to seek solutions and advance reforms that promote health equity through access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality health care for all Marylanders.

As we prepare to enter our tenth year, we here at the Coalition want to celebrate with all of you who have made our success possible. Join us as we enter a new era of advocacy and health care reform.
Sincerely,

 

 

Friday
Jan292016

ALERT!! Enrollment Deadline Extended to Feb. 5th

Maryland Health Connection has extrended the enrollment period for getting health care coverage to Friday, February 5, 2016 due to the recent blizzard. Please spread the word. Sign up here.

Friday
Jan292016

Framing the Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity to Advance Health Equity: A Workshop

There are several areas of public health where the evidence for improving the underlying factors that shape poor health outcomes of vulnerable populations is robust, but is not effectively communicated and translated to inform the public and decision makers at various levels of government and in the private sector. This workshop will explore different strategies for framing the dialogue on equity and inequity among racial and ethnic groups to advance population health equity. This workshop builds on two previous roundtable events, the September 2015 workshop on advancing the science to improve population health and the September 2014 workshop on communicating to advance public health. Webinar February 4, 2016 (8:00 AM Eastern) - Register Here: 

 

Thursday
Jan282016

Medicaid Redeterminations

Earlier this week briefings were held in both Senate Finance and House Health and Government Operations on the status of Medicaid redeterminations.  These have proved challenging for tens of thousands of Marylanders as we pointed out in our letter to Governor Hogan.    
 
A joint presentation  was made by the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene and Human Resources and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.  Leni Preston of the Coalition, Cindy Carter of the Cancer Support Foundation and Kim Wireman of Powell Recovery Center presented the consumer perspective.  Read Leni's testimony,  which was based on an Issue Brief with recommendations to improve the redetermination processes. Contact us if you want more information or have stories to share.

 

Tuesday
Jan122016

Delivery System Transformation

 

  • Maryland is highlighted as a transformation model in this NASHP issue briefAddressing and Reducing Health Care Costs in States: Global Budgeting Initiatives in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The brief emphasiszes the need to watch the models being implemented in these states. Each has adopted policies and are working to implement all payer models that set targets or global budgets for health care cost growth based on the total cost of care. These states have undertaken initiatives to try to slow the growth of health care spending in their states and the results of these experiments will be important to watch. Read the full brief here.
  • Exciting new Accountable Health Communities initiative: this new “model will test three scalable approaches to addressing health-related social needs and linking clinical and community services – community referral, community service navigation, and community service alignment.”   Learn more.

 

Thursday
Dec102015

Network Adequacy in Maryland: A Coalition Report on Provider Directories and Women’s Access to Health Care Services

The Maryland Women's Coalition for Health Care Reform recently released a report on OBGYN providers available through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Our report found that of the 1,493 providers listed, only 22.5% were able to provide a well woman exam within four weeks. 

Why were only 490 available? The answer lies mainly in the inaccuracy of the data that is in the online directory consumers use to purchase Qualified Health Plans on Maryland Health Connection. This creates unconsciable challenges for women trying to access an OB/GYN.

"We knew there was a problem with the provider directories that would have a broad impact on all consumers and we have provided a set of recommendations to address these," said Leni Preston, Coalition Chair

  • To read or download a full copy of the report with recommendations, click here.
  • Read the Baltimore Sun coverage of the report here.
  • See what state Insurance leaders had to say about the report in the Baltimore Business Journal.
  • Read our recent Letter to the Editor about the directory and variations in hospital costs.