STATE INSURANCE MANDATE: As President Trump and congressional Republicans aim to eliminate the individual insurance mandate contained in the Affordable Care Act, a push is on in Maryland to buttress the federal mandate - or even create a state mandate, writes Josh Kurtz in Maryland Matters. marylandreporter.com
AS PRESENTED BY: SUZANNE R. SCHLATTMAN,
MARYLAND CITIZENS' HEALTH INITIATIVE
HEALTH CARE FOR ALL! COALITION
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT SUCCESSES IN MD SUMMARY
1. Uninsured rate in Maryland has been cut in half from 14.5% in 2010 the year ACA was signed to 6.6% in 2015
2. 745,000 Marylanders lacked health insurance prior to the Affordable Care Act. Today, about 400,000 Marylanders are covered through the ACA.
3. Marylanders are slated to receive $500+ million in 2017 in advanced premium tax credits and cost sharing to reduce their out-of-pocket costs of insurance.
4. Young adult enrollments (18-34) made up 30.2% of the private plan enrollments through the Maryland health exchange - 5th among the the states in the nation.
5. Insurance rates for African-American and Hispanic Marylanders were previously nearly two or three times as great as the general population. These rates have greatly improved over the past four years according to U-MD researchers.