On February 2nd, we submitted a letter to Governor Larry Hogan urging him to speak out forcefully to preserve the full benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Maryland. Consumer Health First was joined by 34 other organizations and 4 individuals.
Our letter points out that the greatest impact of ACA implementation has been in Maryland's rural areas. We also provided some other facts to Governor Hogan:
- Maryland's expansion of Medicaid and implementation of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange have reduced the percentage of uninsured Marylanders from 11.3% in 2010, to 6.6% in 2015. Indeed, 291,000 Marylanders now have access to health care and more than 150,000 have individual health insurance through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange.
- In just three years we saved $311 million dollars in uncompensated care costs at hospitals due to the decrease in the uninsured.
- From 2013 to 2015, thanks to the expansion of Medicaid the number of those in opiod treatment programs almost doubled (10,365 to 20,815 participants).
- Maryland has gained both jobs and tax revenues through implementation of the ACA. Repeal could result in a loss of 52,000 jobs in Maryland in 2019 and a loss of $982 million in state and local taxes for the period 2019 to 2023.
To read the letter in its entirety, click here.