Providing quality health care for their loved ones is one of the challenges American families face daily. Advancements in medicine mean that Americans are living longer than ever, and with those advancements comes a responsibility to maintain access to care. I believe that quality, affordable health care should be a right for every American and not just a privilege for the few.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was an important step towards accomplishing that goal. Already, young adults are able to stay on their parents’ health plan for longer and seniors across the country are saving on their prescription drug costs. Children with preexisting conditions have access to health plans, and access for adults with preexisting conditions will expand in 2014. Healthcare Exchanges will help individuals and families find affordable, quality plans to fit their needs, and small businesses offer healthcare for their employees. Significantly, health care costs have begun to drop in recent years, after decades of steady increase.
However, the law is imperfect. While I have and will continue to vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act, we need to take a serious look at reforming the Affordable Care Act and take steps to further reduce our long term health care costs. We must address these long term challenges to ensure that a strong healthcare system will provide quality and affordable care for generations to come.
Affordable Care Act Implementation
For more information on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
Maryland residents can sign up for a health benefit exchange at Marylandhbe.com .
Small business owners can use the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), which simplifies the process of buying health insurance for small business, and has information on the small business health care tax credit. Small business questions can also be answered at 1-800-706-7893.
Our office is also happy to assist you with ACA implementation questions. Please contact our office at 301-926-0300 or 202-225-2721.
More on Health Care
WASHINGTON - Late Friday it was reported that Maryland will announce soon that the state is replacing the Maryland Health Connection with technology from Connecticut’s exchange.
For months, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has urged the state to abandon the troubled exchange.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Reports emerged Friday that Maryland is expected to abandon its own state health insurance exchange and will adopt Connecticut’s system. Since December, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has recommended that Maryland switch to the federal exchange at healthcare.gov on either a permanent or temporary basis.
WASHINGTON – A new report by Gallup shows that the U.S. uninsured rate among adults has fallen to 15.9%, the lowest level since 2008. According to Gallup, “the uninsured rate for almost every major demographic group has dropped in 2014 so far.” Gallup also concludes, “With the open enrollment period scheduled to close on March 31, the uninsured rate in the U.S. will likely continue to fall.”
For more information on the Gallup report, click here.
WASHINGTON - On Friday, March 7, the Maryland House Health and Government Operations Committee considered HB 1229, legislation by Delegate Michael Hough (District 3B). The legislation transfers state exchange user accounts to the federal exchange at Healthcare.gov. Since December, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has been critical of the state’s troubled website and has suggested the state switch to the federal exchange.
Congressman Delaney submitted the following letter to the Health and Government Operations Committee:
WASHINGTON – Today, Maryland officials announced that the state has terminated ties with Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the primary contractor responsible for creating the troubled Maryland Health Connection. Noridian will be replaced by QSSI/Optum.
On Sunday it was reported that Maryland’s new goal for new private health insurance enrollments through March 1, 2014 has been revised to 70,000. The existing, long-standing goal for private coverage signups was 150,000.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – On Sunday it was reported that Maryland’s new goal for new private health insurance enrollments through March 1, 2014 has been revised to 70,000. The existing, long-standing goal for private coverage signups was 150,000.
Since December, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) has advocated that the state consider switching to the federal exchange at Healthcare.gov on either a temporary or permanent basis. As of February 15, only 33,251 Marylanders have enrolled in private coverage plans through Maryland’s exchange.
For Immediate Release: January 30, 2014
Contact: Will McDonald, 202-225-2721
Delaney Statement on Gansler call for healthcare.gov option
WASHINGTON – Today, Attorney General Doug Gansler called for allowing Marylanders the option to purchase health insurance using the Federal health exchange website in addition to the Maryland Health Exchange website.
Congressman Delaney releases the following statement:
WASHINGTON – Tuesday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote to Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein urging the state to switch to the federal exchange while problems with the Maryland Health Connection are resolved and requesting an assessment of the pros and cons of such a move.
The text of the letter is as follows:
Joshua M. Sharfstein, M.D.
Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene
Office of the Secretary
201 West Preston St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
Dear Secretary Sharfstein,
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, a letter from CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell to the Maryland Governor was released to the media. The letter urged the state not to switch to the federal exchange.
WASHINGTON – Today the Washington Post reported that Maryland is expected to turn down a White House offer to temporarily take over portions of the Maryland health care exchange. As of January 4, only 20,358 Marylanders have enrolled in private coverage plans. This represents only 14% of our state’s initial target of 150,000 private coverage enrollees by March 31.