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Basic Information on Health Reform in Maryland
Maryland has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i] Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Maryland.[ii]
Health Insurance Exchange Information: Maryland is operating a State-based Marketplace. The state’s uninsured population can visit the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange to compare health plans that can be purchased on the exchange and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.
Eligibility and Enrollment: People can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th. If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are three ways people in Maryland can see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:
2) They can enroll by phone by calling 1-855-642-8572, TTY: 1-855-642-8573.
(Mon.-Fri. 8 am – 8 pm, Sat. 8 am – 6 pm, and Sun. 8 am – 2 pm)
Maryland Medicaid and Health Insurance Links
Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (800-456-8900)[vi]
In Maryland, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA (except habilitative services); Link to a summary of Maryland’s basic eligibility guidelines and information on what is covered [viii]
State Health Information
How many people in Maryland are eligible to participate? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 10% of Maryland’s population was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 458,000.[xv]
How many are enrolled so far? 92,658 have selected a plan as of January 2015.[xvi]
How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 216,000 are eligible for Medicaid; 149,000 of them are adults.[xvii]
Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?
House: Peter A. Hammen (D-District 46) chairs the Health and Government Operations Committee.
Senate: Joan Carter Conway (D-District 43) chairs the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.
Other Related Information for Maryland
Link to information on the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services [xix]
Link to Behavioral Health System Baltimore and the Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland to get information about Maryland’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers
General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:
Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxvii]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxviii]
SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxix]
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[ii] See supra at i.
[iii] See supra at iii.
[iv] See Maryland Health Connection, Get help enrolling, last viewed, January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am: https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/get-help-enrolling/.
[v] See Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Health coverage and Medicaid last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 11:11 a.m.: https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/medicaid.aspx.
[vi] See Maryland Medicaid Office Contacts, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 11:16 a.m. : http://www.medicaidoffice.net/maryland-medicaid-office.
[vii] See List of local Maryland health departments, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 11:20 a.m., https://www.marylandsail.org/SailPDFLinks/SailPDFLinks.aspx?PDF=LocalHealthDepartment, (provides Maryland DHHS district office locations).
[viii] See Maryland, Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene, Medicaid Eligibility and Benefits, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 11:57 a.m.: https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Medicaid%20Eligibility%20and%20Benefits.aspx.
[ix] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:08 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Maryland. (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).
[x] See Maryland Manual On-Line, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, last viewed at November 10, at 12:20 p.m., http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdmanual/16dhmh/html/dhmh.html.
[xi] See Maryland.gov, MarylandCare Services, Contact us, last viewed at November 3, 2014, at 3:56 p.m., http://www.Maryland.gov/dhhs/oms/contacts.shtml.
[xii] See Maryland, Department Of Health And Mental Hygiene, Medicaid Medical Assistance Overview, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:22 p.m., https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Provider%20Information.aspx.
[xiii] See Maryland Health Connection, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:58 p.m., https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/.
[xiv]See Maryland Health Connection, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:58 p.m., https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/.
[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, November 9, 2014, at 12:27 p.m., http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/.
[xvi] See Maryland Manual On-Line, Maryland at a Glance, Healthcare, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:55 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-maryland/.
[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:47 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-maryland/.
[xviii] See, Maryland Health Home State Plan Amendment, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 1:04 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/medicaid-state-technical-assistance/health-homes-technical-assistance/approved-health-home-state-plan-amendments.html.
[xix] See Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 2:37 p.m., http://www.dpscs.state.md.us/.
[xx] See Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 2:46 p.m., http://adaa.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx.
[xxi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=MD.
[xxii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxiii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xxiv] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.
[xxv] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.
[xxvi] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.
[xxvii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.
xxxii See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx