According to a new March report by Covered California, Maryland was ranked as a high-risk state with the potential for further health insurance premium increases of 50%. That’s on top of the already high premiums!
There are several bills introduced by Delegates in the House that will address this increase:
House Bill 1795 Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Establishment of a Reinsurance Program. This is one of two emergency bills. The Reinsurance Program is a vital component of the ACA and it is no longer being supported by Trump. It protects insurance companies from catastrophic costs, which then results in their ability to lower insurance premiums. To compensate, this bill establishes a state reinsurance program. It also allows the state to apply for a Federal 1332 Waiver which will allow any healthcare savings to be passed through to the state. This bill is out of Committee. It will then be sent to the House Floor for passage.
House Bill 1782 Health Care Access Program – Establishment (Maryland Health Care Access Act of 2018). This is one of two emergency bills. Besides establishing a State Reinsurance Program, this bill also calls for a state mandate to replace the federal mandate removed by Trump. It is still in the Health and Government Operations (HGO) committee.
House Bill 1312 – Medicaid Buy-in Task Force. This could lead to Marylanders being allowed to “buy in” to the Medicaid program. For those struggling middle-class Marylanders, including small business owners, who are increasingly unable to afford ever-climbing premiums and out-of-pocket costs, this is an alternative. This bill, sponsored by Del. Kelly, passed the Senate and is now in the House and Government Operations (HGO) Committee.
ACTION: Contact your representatives and ask them to support HB 1782, HB 1795, and HB 1312, and let them know you are looking to the state to stabilize premiums with the enactment of these bills. Find your representative here
If you have a representative in the HGO Committee, it is especially important to let them know you support these bills:
- For District 16, contact Del. Ariana Kelly, 301-858-3642 firstname.lastname@example.org
- For District 17, contact Del. Andrew Platt, 410-841-3037 Platt@house.state.md.us
- For District 19 contact both De. Bonnie Cullison 301-858-3883, email@example.com and
Del. Marice Morales 301-858-3528, Marice.Morales@house.state.md.us
For more information on these bill, please look at the Consumer Health First Website
DoTheMostGood MoCo and the Woman’s Democratic Club’s PACE Committee will be registering voters–especially students–before, during and after the rally. You don’t need to be certified to sign up people to vote or help them register with a party so they can vote in the primary. We’ll tell you and give you everything you’ll need. Give us your contact info and we’ll follow up.
The Raskin Pre-Rally for the March for Our Lives is from 9-10:30 AM at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Busses will depart for DC at the conclusion of the rally. Busses are free for students but cost $20 per person for adults. RSVP for a ride on the bus by clicking here.
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HB1461 – Supporting All Families Everywhere (SAFE Act)
The SAFE Act will ensure that our tax dollars allocated for policing our streets do not go to support immigration enforcement. It also protects our police by ensuring that they do not accept detainer requests from ICE without a warrant. Detainers without warrants are not legal.
The bill is in the House Judiciary Committee.
The vote to send the bill to the full house is MARCH 13th.
Legislators need to hear from supporters of the bill to have the courage to vote for it in an election year.
A press conference will be held March 8th at 2:00 pm at the House Building – 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis. Be there if you can!
Please Take These Actions
Call any of your representatives on this committee https://goo.gl/7JQiHg
Call Chairman Vallario (410-841-3488) and Vice-Chair Kathleen Dumais(410-841-3052)
Call the bill’s sponsor Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez (410-841-3181)
Suggested phone script Hi, I am a constituent of yours and I would like you to vote for the SAFE ACT. I want our police force focusing on the task of keeping our streets safe, and not participating in immigration enforcement or the creation of registries of Marylanders. I also want to support police by allowing them to reject any detainer notices that are not accompanied by a warrant, since those detainers are illegal. Please give my input to the delegate.
Submit testimony using the form here to Delegate Gutierrez via email before March 11th.
Click for more information about the SAFE Act.