State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

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:

1) They can use Maryland’s online application for free or low cost health benefits. [iii]

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)

3) They can get free, in person help at: an enrollment event; at the nearest health department or department of social services office; or through a local navigator.[iv]

 

Maryland Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[v]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (800-456-8900)[vi]

Link to contact information and addresses for of all local Health Department offices in Maryland[vii]

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]

Link to information on Maryland’s Medicaid State Plan[ix]

Link to an organizational chart of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene[x]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[xi]

Link to Medicaid provider information and forms[xii]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Maryland’s health insurance exchange? Link to the Maryland Health Connection[xiii]

Where can you find help enrolling in coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help [xiv]

 

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]

Is Maryland a Medicaid health home state?  Yes, link to information about health homes in Maryland[xviii]

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 information about substance abuse and mental health services through the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration[xx]

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:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Maryland [xxi]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxii]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxiii]

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxiv]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxv]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxvi]

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]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

i   See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State,  last viewed on January 5, 2015, at 2:54 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/maryland.html.

[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

xxxiii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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