Maryland is ranked as the 19th healthiest state in the 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation. This is the state's highest ranking since the study was first published in 1990.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Maryland, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Maryland Health Insurance Plan
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Maryland started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Maryland's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Health care reform and Maryland — How the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in the State of Maryland.
Office of Maryland Health Care Reform — A state web site to offer health reform information for Maryland individuals, families, seniors, and small businesses.
Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) — Uses federal and state funds to provide health care coverage to low-income children 18 and under and pregnant women of any age.
Maryland Medical Assistance Program — Providing access to health care services for many of the state’s low-income residents. Individuals may be eligible for services through the Maryland Medicaid Program, the Maryland Children’s Health Program or the Maryland Primary Adult Care Program (PAC)
Maryland Health Care Commission — Links to consumer guide to health insurance, provided by the State of Maryland.
The Maryland Women’s Coalition for Health Care Reform — Formed in 2006 as a non-partisan, state-wide, grassroots alliance of individuals and organizations dedicated to seeing that every resident of Maryland has comprehensive, affordable, accessible, high quality health care.
Healthcare-Now of Maryland — Healthcare-Now of Maryland is a statewide grassroots organization working for affordable, accessible quality health care for all Marylanders.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Maryland.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Maryland -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Maryland.
Why health care reform is important to Maryland -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Maryland.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Maryland -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Maryland.
Maryland mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Maryland -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
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Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $340 per family in 2012.
08/31/2012 6:08 PM
Live Insurance News — Maryland was awarded a $123 million federal grant to have its health insurance exchange fully operational by October 2013. This latest award brings Maryland’s total grant awards to more than $157 million.
08/26/2012 4:08 PM
Kaiser Health News – Maryland could be among a group of states attempting to go above and beyond the Affordable Care Act to develop sweeping cost controls and possibly be used as a model for other states. The proposed changes would potentially keep per-capita Medicare costs rising more slowly in other states.
08/03/2012 4:08 PM
An interview with Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at UMASS Amherst, explores how a single payer healthcare system might expand coverage at a lower cost. Two states have already opted to explore setting up their own single payer plans, Vermont and Montana, and are seeking approval to use these as an alternative to the federal reforms under the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare-NOW! of Maryland is pushing its state to join in.
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Find licensed physicians near you. Each state is home to organizations that can help you find and research physicians, offering online information about a physician's license, schooling, practice information and more.Maryland Licensee Search
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