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.
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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.
WASHINGTON – Speaking today on the House floor, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) called for an increase to the minimum wage. Delaney’s speech marked the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. On January 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered his first State of the Union address. In his speech Johnson declared “an unconditional war on poverty.”
Minutes before Delaney spoke, Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer highlighted Delaney’s leadership on the minimum wage issue on the House floor.
WASHINGTON – Monday, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) wrote to Maryland Secretary of Health Joshua Sharfstein seeking additional clarification regarding the feasibility of switching to the federal health care exchange. Through December 28, 18,257 Marylanders have enrolled in private coverage via the state’s exchange, representing 12% of the state’s enrollment goal of 150,000. Nationwide, 2.1 million have enrolled in private coverage, 30% of the White House goal of 7 million.
WASHINGTON - This week, the White House announced that 2.1 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance nationally, including over 1 million via the federal marketplace. Friday, Maryland announced that through December 28, 18,257 Marylanders have signed up for private health insurance through the Maryland Health Exchange. This represents an increase of 14,499 in December, given that according to Maryland Health Connection, 3,758 Marylanders had enrolled through the end of November.
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) applauds the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for its strong recent support for the Mountain Laurel Medical Center in Oakland and thanks the staff and volunteers at Mountain Laurel for their work to provide health care to underserved communities in Garrett County. Recent federal support will help Mountain Laurel open a new facility in Grantsville as well as hire new staff and provide health care to all persons, regardless of insurance status.
WASHINGTON – Today it was announced that former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene will replace Jeffrey Zients as the manager of the federal health enrollment system. Zients will take over as the White House’s chief economic adviser. According to CNBC and other independent outlets, Healthcare.Gov has seen “dramatic performance improvements under Zients.”
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) issues the following statement: