Caring for Maryland / Our Priorities

Our Priorities

Maryland’s hospitals deliver health, hope and healing. The 108,000 hospital caregivers, front-line staff and leaders who work tirelessly every day treat injuries and illnesses with care and compassion as part of their mission to keep all people in their communities healthy. Through innovative efforts like targeted wellness programs and thoughtful investments in improvement projects and workforce development, hospitals are dedicated to advancing the health of all Marylanders.

As hospitals and health systems uplift the health of all Marylanders, they play a critical role in the economic and social fabric of the cities, suburbs and rural areas they serve. Over its 50-year history, the Maryland Hospital Association has partnered with state leaders to enact policies meant to enable hospitals to provide leading-edge, high-quality service and uphold their long-standing missions of care.

That is why MHA is working to:

  • Fill critical provider shortages in high-need areas by streamlining and fully funding the state loan repayment program
  • Enact medical liability reform and protect access to essential services by raising evidentiary standards, ensuring patients are compensated fairly and allowing courts to limit attorneys’ contingency fees
  • Provide promised reductions to the Medicaid Deficit Assessment
  • Ease our behavioral health crisis by removing restrictions to access for appropriate levels of care and fully funding Maryland’s two Institutions for Mental Diseases