Beth Hess - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Your Input is Needed
MCF is working with the Maryland Parity at 10 Campaign to disseminate a consumer survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z975WPC) to help us understand consumer experiences when seeking mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) treatment through insurance coverage. With 290 people dying every day from either drug overdose or suicide, your respo ..
Beth Hess - Monday, May 21, 2018
2018 is an important election year for Marylanders. In addition to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, many other national and state political offices are up for election.
It is important to register to vote and then to exercise your right to vote. Primary elections are coming up – they will be held on June 26, and you must be registered to vote before June 5 to parti ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, April 11, 2018
The legislative session in Annapolis ended at midnight on April 9, 2018. There is much good news to report, but a few disappointments as well on bills that MCF supported.
SB 185/HB 160 – the FY19 Budget Bill – which included the 3.5% behavioral health provider rate increase that was provided for in last year’s HOPE Act, passed.
SB 288/HB 226 – Public Health – Overd ..
Beth Hess - Friday, September 22, 2017
The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Health Care Proposal, introduced in the U.S. Senate last week, is the worst “repeal and replace” effort yet. Governor Hogan has joined a bi-partisan group of other governors in opposing the bill.
While both Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen already oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health care proposal, which ..
Beth Hess - Monday, July 24, 2017
See the below action alert from FREDLA (http://www.fredla.org) and contact your senator today!
Capitol Hill Update - Monday, July 24, 2017 While we still do not know which health care bill the Senate will consider on Tuesday, we have gotten confirmation this weekend that a vote will happen tomorrow. There are different versions of various bills under consideration.
Beth Hess - Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Senate returned today from recess and is trying to bring the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) (https://medicaid.publicrep.org/feature/the-senate-bill/)
to the floor for a vote as early as next week. It is critical that the Senate continue to hear that any bill with cuts and caps to Medicaid is unacceptable.
In addition to continuing the great state-based even ..
Beth Hess - Friday, June 23, 2017
The Senate health care bill has been unveiled and it looks to be just as devastating as the House bill. Millions of Americans will lose health care coverage, higher insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs will hit millions more, and protections for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders will be stripped. People with disabilities and senior citizens wi ..
Beth Hess - Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Mental Health Reform Act of 2016 (S.2680) will:
Increase the mental health workforce
Strengthen enforcement of the mental health parity law
Invest in early intervention
Promote integration of health and mental health care
Strengthen community crisis response systems
S. 2680 has passed out of committee, but still needs to be voted on by the ..