December 16, 2007 Universal Health Care in Maryland in 2008

Health Care
Bringing Health Care to All Maryland Residents

Health Care is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization
which promotes research, public education and advocacy to
guarantee universal high-quality health care for all Maryland residents.

Our Goal: Universal Health Care in Maryland in 2008

Health Care is working with our friends and allies--other organizations, elected officials, and concerned individuals--to bring high-quality universal health care to Maryland by 2009. We're planning town halls, summits, conferences, and organizing legislative efforts. We need your help!

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We know we have our work cut out for us. We've been working with doctors, elected officials, administrators and others developing a comprehensive, fundamental approach to health care for our state. We need your help organizing events, gathering information, building coalitions and more. The stakes are too high for us not to succeed.

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Recent articles collected at our website:

'Is this what America stands for?'

By Linda P. Campbell | McClatchy Newspapers

Hillary Clinton talks about health-care reform in terms of "American values, American families and American jobs."

Barack Obama talks about health care as a "right for everyone, not a privilege for the few."

John McCain talks about making insurance more affordable "by fostering competition and innovation."

Uwe Reinhardt talks about outrages.

The Princeton economics professor tells of a hospital patient charged $9,000 for a night in the intensive care unit and $791 for stockings that run $12 at a drugstore. He tells of a father who sought treatment for his son's infected eye and got billed $1,200.

"Is this what America stands for?" he asked. But it wasn't really a question.

Health notes December 16, 2007

Health notes |

Diabetes support group to meet
Upper Chesapeake Health will offer a Parish Nurse Diabetes Support Group at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Aberdeen Senior Center.
For information and to register, call 410-273-5666.Information: 800-515-0044.

Group aids cancer patients, families
Upper Chesapeake Health has a new cancer support group for individuals who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer and their families. The group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Harford Memorial Hospital. Information: 800-515-0044.

How to control health spending

By Dan Radmacher | The Roanoke Times

It doesn't sound like much: 2.5 percentage points. That's the amount that health care prices have been increasing more than the level of inflation. But, the beauty of compound interest turned ugly, that small difference adds up over the years.

Excluding a short period in the '90s when managed care systems exerted some pressure on costs and a booming economy expanded growth in other areas, health care spending has consumed a larger and larger proportion of America's gross domestic product.

According to projections by actuaries at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, health spending will equal 20 percent of GDP by 2015.

Health savings accounts for poor tested


WASHINGTON -- The popularity of health savings accounts for the poor will be put to the test in Indiana under a program approved Friday by the Bush administration. Under the plan, someone making $20,000 a year could get health coverage for about $19 a week.

Bush has long pushed health savings accounts as a way to slow the rising cost of medical care and extend basic coverage to the uninsured.

Under the Indiana program, eligible residents can pay up to 5 percent of their incomes into state-subsidized "Personal Wellness and Responsibility Accounts" that cover their initial medical expenses up to $1,100. Once that deductible is reached, private insurance purchased by the state kicks in.

Driving a stake through health reform's heart

OPINION | John Sweeney | The News Journal. Wilmington, Delaware | Friday, December 14, 2007

Supposedly the 2008 election will be the one that turns health care around in this country.

Voters rank health worries right behind concerns about the war in Iraq. Candidates at all levels, businesses, labor unions and reformers of all stripes have been calling for real reform.

Every day we seem to see another story about the rising number of uninsured people in this country.

So unlike the ill-fated Clinton attempt at health care reform in the early 1990s, real changes are on the way, right?

Don't bet on it.

The year of public health in Md.

By Vincent DeMarco | Baltimore Sun Opinion

The people of Maryland should be very proud of their leaders for making 2007 the year of public health in Maryland, which despite its wealth has traditionally been among the worst states at providing health insurance for poor adults.

The General Assembly this year passed four new laws, which will:

• Require all workplaces and public places to be smoke-free.

• Increase the state tobacco tax by $1 per pack.

• Allow young adults to stay on their parents' insurance plans.

• Provide health care coverage for many lower-income adults.

Report: Health care gap is growing along racial, economic lines

Center on Health Disparities calls for collaboration by hospitals, communities and counties
by C. Benjamin Ford | Gazette Staff Writer

A report from Adventist HealthCare’s newly created Center on Health Disparities shows that the growing diversification of the counties has increased the gap in health care along racial and economic lines.

The 113-page report, ‘‘Partnering Toward a Healthier Future,” was released Friday at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park and followed by a panel discussion with regional health and government leaders.

‘‘We believe collaboration is the only way health disparities will cease to exist,” said William G. ‘‘Bill” Robertson, president and CEO of Adventist HealthCare.

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