Maryland's Hospitals and You
Maryland's hospitals work to keep all Marylanders healthy before they need hospital services and, should they need care in a hospital, to make sure they stay healthy once treated. The most important person in making sure you stay healthy is, of course, you. Hospitals have several resources available to help you understand your health and to navigate Maryland's health care system. The Maryland Patient Safety Center also has resources to help.
Each year, Maryland’s hospitals provide approximately hundreds of millions of dollars in community benefits, services that benefits go beyond traditional care provided in the emergency department, operating room, or in a hospital bed. Community benefits are planned and organized activities of not-for-profit hospitals to meet identified needs in their area. Community benefits include:
- Health services for vulnerable or underserved people
- Financial or in-kind support of public health programs, such as management of chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes
- Donations of funds, property, or other resources that contribute to a community priority, such as obesity, substance abuse, or health care services for the homeless
- Health care cost containment activities, like free health education programs that can help people manage their conditions without the need for more costly services
- Health screening and prevention services
Maryland's Medicaid Tax
In caring for patients and communities, Maryland’s hospitals work to keep health care affordable and efficient. That includes efforts to reduce the state’s hidden tax on hospital care — a tax that has cumulatively added $2.1 billion to costs over the past seven years and hikes every hospital bill by 3 percent.
Passed in 2009 as a temporary measure to shore up a deficit in the state’s Medicaid program, the tax was $19 million that first year. It is now $365 million, a more than 1,800 percent increase.
Thanks to the governor and the state legislature, an agreement was reached to reduce this hidden tax through a $25 million annual spend-down, culminating with its elimination. This will help Marylanders receive the efficient and high-quality health care they expect and deserve.
Contact Your Legislator - click the Who Represents Me? link just above the list of legislators.
Child Identify Theft
A child’s identity is 35 times more likely to be stolen than an adult - primarily because this gives thieves many years to use the identity before a family becomes aware of the issue.
Maryland’s hospitals and pediatricians work every day to care for the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve. As we work to advance the health of all Marylanders, we aim to help parents understand the dangers of child identity theft and encourage you take steps to prevent it. Use these tips to learn more about the risks, understand the signs and prevent your child from being the victim of identity theft.