Health Reform Facts

Affordable Care Act FAQ's - Basic Facts about the Affordable Care Act.

Immigrant Elegibility for the Affordable Care Act FAQ's - What you need to know about elegibility for immigrants in Maryland

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace? A wonderful video clearly and consiscely explaining the Health Insurance Marketplace.

RWJF's Animated Educational Video Series - Around the country, many ACA implementation efforts are already underway. Still, many Americans are unclear about what the individual reforms mean, and more importantly, how the new benefits and provisions of reform will impact them. 

2010 Health Care Report Card on Women's Health
The National Women's Law Center has issued its 2010 Report Card of state by state rankings on Women's Health.  Maryland ranked 21 overall with an Unsatisfactory score.  Details include a score of Fail for the category "Women without Health Insurance" and Satisfactory for the category "Women in a County without Abortion Provider."  Many more details in the report.

Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2009
The U.S. Census Bureau report found that the real median household income in the United States in 2009 was $49,777, not statistically different from the 2008 median.  Meanwhile, the number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 46.3 million in 2008 to 50.7 million in 2009, while the percentage increased from 15.4 percent to 16.7 percent over the same

Dashboard on Health Care Quality Compared to All States
Check out this dashboard which shows Maryland's Health Care Quality compared to all the other states.

Maryland’s Infant Mortality National Ranking Drops to 42nd
Advocates for Children & Youth issue paper reports that "Recent data shows an improvement in infant mortality in Maryland, which is good news and may reflect better services. However, racial disparities are wider than ever, and too many babies are needlessly dying or suffering the consequences of low birthweight and prematurity."

The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Maryland
A June 2010 report by the Department of Health and Human Services which highlights the immediate benefits of the federal law.

State Information: Maryland
A state-specific page on Maryland by Families USA website with numerous new materials including fact sheets and reports, published by Families USA, key health contacts, state government links, news and views from the state, and other resources that might be helpful to Maryland advocates.

Facts on Maryland’s Children in Medicaid and MCHIP
A Maryland fact sheet from the Center for Children and Families at the Geargetown University Health Policy Institute that details the enrollment facts such as eligibility, enrollment and renewal procedures, waiting period, etc. for Medicaid and MCHIP.

Maryland - 2010 Health Outcomes Map
The County Health Rankings study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides access to the 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county’s health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.   

Too Great a Burden:  Americans Face Rising Health Care Costs   
Families USA report that nearly one in four Americans under the age of 65—some 64.4 million people—will spend more than 10 percent of their family income on health care in 2009. The vast majority of these people (82.6 percent) have health insurance. And 18.7 million non-elderly Americans—more than three-quarters of whom have health insurance—are in families that will spend more than 25 percent of their income on health care in 2009.   April, 2009

National Health Insurance - A Brief History of Reform Efforts in the U.S.  
Article by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation provides a history of the reform efforts since 1934.  March, 2009

Americans-At-Risk: One Third of Americans Uninsured  
Report by Families USA says that 86.7 million Americans were uninsured at some point in 2007-2008!

10 Things to Know about Health  
Article with a list of 10 things that make us sick. From the PBS miniseries: Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?  April, 2008

Cost of Failure: The Economic Losses of the Uninsured  
New American Foundation  report estimates that the poor health and shorter lifespan of the uninsured cost the U.S. economy between $102 billion and $204 billion in 2006.  Mar. 25, 2008