Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Peter Beilenson will head the state's first health care co-op while Maura Rossman steps into County health officer role.
The man called a “hero” by the Maryland Daily Record for, among other things, his implementation of the Healthy Howard Health Plan, is stepping down from his position as Howard County health officer. But Peter Beilenson is staying in the health care industry; he will be assuming the CEO role of the state’s first health care co-op, Evergreen Health Cooperative, made possible by a provision in the Affordable Care Act. Evergreen's start-up costs were funded by a $65 million federal loan secured by Beilenson and a group of collaborators including County Executive Ken Ulman. “Peter is one of the most innovative public health leaders not only here in Maryland but across the nation,” Ulman said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Republican who represents Carroll and Howard counties said the health care law would be a major election issue.
Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman, who represents Howard and Carroll counties, said the Supreme Court’s Thursday decision to uphold the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax would be a major election issue. “I think it’s going to be one of the, if not the biggest issue in the election,” Kittleman told Patch. “It could be an albatross to hang around the president’s neck and make it difficult for re-election.” Kittleman, who may be considering a run for Howard County Executive, said Thursday that he was “disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s decision. “I’m glad the court said it violated the Commerce Act,” he said. “My concern--it seems the justices have stretched to find it valid under the power of taxing …
Patch spoke to residents in Maryland about the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act.
The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. In a 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the majority of the court rejected arguments that the law violated the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. But in holding that the penalty for failing to purchase health insuance was a tax, the Supreme Court kept the act's individual mandate in place. Cherise Tasker, of Columbia, says there should be no Americans left uninsured. "I feel that health care is a right, not a privilege," Tasker said. "It's not a sign of a compassionate country if there are 45 million uninsured people who can only go to the emergency room if they want care, and whose basic …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
‘I think it’s one of the most innovative programs in the state.’ – Kathy Westcoat, president of the Baltimore-based Healthcare Access Maryland
The fate of a unique program in Howard County that has aimed to reduce the number of uninsured residents largely rests in the hands of the Supreme Court, scheduled to make a historic decision Thursday on whether to uphold federal health care legislation that would require all U.S. citizens to buy health insurance. The Healthy Howard Health Plan is part of a nonprofit organization that has provided health services to 1,700 uninsured residents since it starting enrolling people in 2008. It has come under the national spotlight for its attempts to bridge the gap on a local level between insured and uninsured residents. If the Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, the Healthy Howard Health Plan would shut down in …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
With arguments underway in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Obama administration's health care plan, supporters and opponents gathered outside to watch and wait.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
By Whitney Harris for Capital News Service TV With arguments underway in the U.S. Supreme Court over the Obama administration's health care plan, supporters and opponents gathered outside to watch and wait.