The 437th session of Maryland’s General Assembly begins in Annapolis at noon January 11, 2017. The Maryland Hospital Association advocates before legislators and the executive branch to secure an environment that enables hospitals to provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Making Care Better, Safer and Less Costly
For Maryland's unique and innovative system to succeed, hospitals need action to ensure that health care spending is not diverted from patient care, to prevent dollars from being wasted on unnecessary defensive medicine and liability premiums, and to devote appropriate resources to the care of those with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems. To accomplish this, the state must:
1. Eliminate Maryland’s $364 million tax on hospital care
2. Control Maryland’s health care liability costs
3. Develop an integrated behavioral health system
These priorities will guide us as we consider legislation that affects Maryland's hospitals. The people and communities we serve rely on us to be there when they need us. . .our advocacy will be carried out with that in mind.