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8:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Washington Post Endorses Anthony Brown for Governor

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Post editorial board is endorsing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in Maryland's Democratic primary race for governor as the best candidate to attract and retain jobs.

In an editorial Sunday, the Post editorial board writes that Brown is "a conscientious public servant with broad experience" as a lawyer, legislator and in the executive branch under Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The editorial notes much of Maryland's electorate remains undecided in the June 24 primary. The winner is likely to become the next governor.

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9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Revamping Maryland Health Insurance Exchange

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland board is scheduled to discuss what the state will do about its badly flawed health exchange website.

The Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Board of Trustees has a 5 p.m. meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday, when it could officially decide to use technology from another state that has had a more successful exchange rollout. Maryland is one of 14 states with its own exchange.

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9:55 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Call for Congressional Investigation Into MD's Trouble Health Exchange

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Republican Maryland congressman says he believes the investigative arm of Congress should look into problems with the state's health care exchange website.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Wednesday agreed to a request from a group of House Republicans to audit how $304 million in federal grants were spent on the Oregon health exchange website. A GAO spokesman says other states with troubled exchanges will be included as the investigation goes forward.

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12:29 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

MD Board of Public Works Okays Health Exchange Modifcation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Board of Public Works has approved a contract modification of up to $2 million due to technical problems with the state's health care exchange.

The board approved the emergency modification 3-0 Wednesday. However, Comptroller Peter Franchot criticized the procurement process. Franchot says more than $160 million in contracts should have come before the Board of Public Works for greater scrutiny, instead of a separate health exchange board.

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3:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Surge in Sign Ups for Health Coverage in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say enrollment in the state's new health insurance exchange increased by almost 60 percent in the past month.

Officials told the Delaware Health Care Commission on Thursday that 5,062 people had enrolled in the state's exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act as of Jan. 31. That's up from 3,183 enrollments reported last month.

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8:57 am
Tue January 28, 2014

MD House Set to Vote on Health Insurance Backup Plan

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is on track to vote for a measure to provide health insurance to people who tried to enroll on the state's online health exchange but couldn't get through due to computer problems.

The House is scheduled to vote on Tuesday.

The measure would enable people who can show they tried to get through the exchange for coverage Jan. 1 to enroll in a separate state insurance pool for residents without insurance.

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10:52 am
Fri January 10, 2014

ACA Enrollment Numbers in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say 1,145 people have enrolled in the state's new health insurance exchange and paid their first premiums under the federal health care reform law.

Officials on Thursday also reported that 5,732 Delawareans have been identified as potentially newly eligible for Medicaid coverage, including expanded coverage that is part of the Affordable Care Act.

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10:41 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Medicaid Expansion in Maryland Saves Money

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A recent report has found that Maryland's decision to expand its Medicaid program could save the state more than $2 billion.

The Daily Record reports that an assessment of the economic impact of the expansion of eligibility to another 146,000 people starting in January found that Maryland could see a net savings of more than $2 billion from 2014 to 2020.

The report prepared by George Washington University and Regional Economic Models predicts direct savings to Medicaid, new state revenue and reduced spending on other health care programs.

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8:59 am
Wed September 18, 2013

New Health Insurance Plans for Small Business Approved in Maryland

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BALTIMORE (AP) - State health officials have approved 13 carriers to sell health benefit plans to small businesses through the new exchange.

The Maryland Insurance Administration also approved premium rates on Tuesday for the plans to be sold through Maryland's Small Business Health Options Program Exchange.

Officials say the premium rates approved for 2014 range from 4.9 percent lower to 14.6 percent higher than existing rates for the carriers' small business products.

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12:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Shore Health System Delays Facility in Easton

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EASTON, Md. (AP) - Shore Health System officials say plans to build a new Shore Regional Medical Center in Easton have been put on hold indefinitely.

The Star-Democrat reports that Tuesday's announcement to delay the $250 million project comes after recent budget cuts to staff and services at other Shore Health locations, including Dorchester General Hospital and Memorial Hospital at Easton.

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9:20 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Delaware Looks Ahead to Aging Population

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Governor Jack Markell told a Delaware panel on aging that the First State is facing a silver tsunami when it comes to health care for senior citizens.

The Governor’s remarks came during a meeting of the Imagine Delaware Panel on aging yesterday sponsored by PNC Bank and the Wilmington News Journal.

Markell said that the existing system is not sustainable.

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8:57 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Hurlock Medical Center Closure Causes Local Concern

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The Hurlock Medical Center will be closing its doors within the next few weeks but there is a facility that is 7 miles away in Federalsburg that will be able to take on the load.

The CEO of Choptank Community Health System Joe Sheehan said that the facility was just simply not cost effective.

But, the May 17th closure announcement has caused many to call local officials with their concerns.

Mayor Joyce Spratt told WBOC that her phone has been ringing off the hook as well as seeing messages on her Facebook.

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10:41 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Party Lines Divide Delmarva Politicians on Court's Health Care Decision

 

       Delmarva Congressional members split along party lines over the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the President's Affordable Health Care Act.

      Senator Ben Cardin (d-MD) and Senator Tom Carper (d-DE) hailed the decision, while Rep. Andy Harris (r-MD) said it would hurt the President's re-election chances. 

       Delmarva Public Radio's Jamyla Krempel prepared this report. 

 

 

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12:36 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Senator Ben Cardin Hails Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care

Senator Ben Cardin hailed today Supreme Court decision upholding the president’s Health Care Reform Acting calling it a win for the American people and the future of the health care system.  

He said that this paves the way for everyone to have access to affordable, quality care and protect against abusive practices by the insurance industry.

The Maryland Democrat said the measure would extend coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured and improve Medicare coverage for nearly 50 million people.

 

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8:56 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Maryland Will Push Ahead With Reforms Despite US Court Decision On Health Care

Whatever the US Supreme Court decides about the constitutionality of the Health Care Reform Act today the state of Maryland plans to push ahead with the reforms.

Those could include a state-run health insurance exchange even if that provision is struck down by the High Court.

Governor Martin O’Malley told reporters to expect Maryland to be in the forefront of health care reform if left with going on a state-by-state basis.

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