What Health Care Reform Means For You, If You LIve In Maryland

Posted on March 23, 2010

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Here’s a message from Gov. Martin O’Malley today after President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill that passed the House and Senate into law.

A Message from the Governor

Healthcare for 32 Million More

This morning, I joined President Obama following the signing of landmark health care reform legislation that will provide health care to 32 million more Americans.

Under the President’s leadership, our nation will finally begin to control the rising cost of health care in America, improve the ability of all Americans to take their children to a doctor, and put the American people back in control of their health care decisions. And finally, for every American family, insurance companies will not be able to deny anyone health care coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

These national reforms will build on our efforts over the last three years to expand access to healthcare for 161,000 more Marylanders, including 78,500 children, and at the same time save Maryland taxpayers and small businesses the hidden costs of uncompensated care. Because of the reforms we have already put in place in our state – things like the Maryland Health Insurance Partnership for small businesses and closing the prescription drug donut hole for our seniors – these federal reforms will save our state more than $1 billion over the next 10 years.

And to make sure Maryland is doing all that it can to effectively implement these reforms, tomorrow I will be announcing the creation of new task force to make sure we maximize healthcare access and affordability for all Marylanders.

Find out more about how the federal reforms impact your family.

Martin O’Malley
Governor

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