2014 Legislative Victories

The following highlights the bills that Consumer Health First testified on, or advocated for, during the 2014 General Assembly Session.  Learn more about 2014 legislation in the Senate and House of Delegates

Community Integrated Medical Home Program

This establishes an advisory body, whose duties include determining the model, standards and scope of services for the State’s Community Integrated Medical Home Program.  Along with others we successfully had the bill amended to require the inclusion of “consumer advocacy organizations.” 

Workgroup on Workforce Development for Community Health Workers

This convenes a workgroup to conduct a study relating to the training and credentialing of community health workers and related reimbursement and payment policies and to submit a report on or before December 1, 2014.

Health Insurance - Communications Between Carriers and Enrollees - Conformity With the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

The Governor signed this emergency bill on April 8. It requires that the Maryland Insurance Commissioner “shall develop and make available a standardized form for an enrollee to use to request confidential communications” from the insurance carrier. 

Maryland Health Care Commission – Health Care Provider–Carrier Workgroup

This establishes a workgroup as a mechanism for health care providers and carriers to resolve disputes on issues over which no state agency has statutory or regulatory authority.  Consumer Health First successfully advocated for the inclusion of consumer representation on the workgroup. The final language reads, “The Commission shall invite the following to appoint members to the workgroup …; and (III) when appropriate to the issue under discussion, consumer organizations.”

Maryland Health Insurance Plan - Access for Bridge Eligible Individuals 

This emergency Administration bill expands the purpose of the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) to include providing access to affordable, comprehensive health benefits for “bridge eligible individuals,” as needed, on a retroactive and prospective basis and expresses the intent of the General Assembly that MHIP be used to subsidize health insurance coverage for such individuals.