As one of Maryland's leading health policy, education, and advocacy organizations, Consumer Health First has been out in front working to protect the gains made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) even as we continue to promote innovations that advance our goal of high-quality and comprehensive health care for all Marylanders. This is work we can't do alone - we need you!
On Giving Tuesday, November 28, 2017, you can make a difference with your tax-deductible donation made via Pay Pal or Credit Card. This year we are excited to announce that generous Consumer Health First champions have offered to match all donations received that day dollar for dollar up to $3,000. This means your dollars are doubled!
2017: Consumer Health First continued its leadership role in numerous areas:
- Pushing back on the rising insurance premiums - we were the only consumer organization to submit substantial comments based on actuarial analyses;
- Assuring that Marylanders can access the timely care promised by their insurance carriers - we represented consumer interests as network adequacy regulations were being developed. We anticipate Maryland's new regulations to be among the strongest in the nation;
- Organizing a Medicaid Collaborative - with 20 leading statewide organizations; we work to ensure that Maryland's vital safety net program remains strong;
- Serving as Maryland's primary educational and advocacy resource for State and Federal legislative and regulatory activities.
2018: Consumer Health First's highest priority will be to continue the fight for equal access to healthcare for all Marylanders. To date, consumer advocates have narrowly killed three efforts by Congress to "repeal and replace" the ACA, but we continue to see actions taken that would undermine it. Consumer Health First will continue to lead the effort to ensure that policymakers put the consumer, not other interests, first, as new initiatives are implemented and budget cuts to state programs are proposed. We will continue to lead efforts to ensure consumers have access to:
- affordable insurance options;
- provider networks that meet consumers' needs;
- comprehensive and culturally competent care;
- consumer-centric models of care via health literacy and engagement activities; and
- critical protections no matter where individuals receive their care.