MARYLAND FORUM ON HEALTH CARE REFORM

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 Maryland has emerged as a national leader in implementation of the  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act since President Barack  Obama signed the legislation about three short years ago. Today,  professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities  are better informed and better able to engage in the new provisions  of the evolving healthcare landscape, but there remains a continuous  need to learn and grow. To that end, the Department of Aging and its  partners conducted a Maryland Forum on Health Care Reform on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at the Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, Maryland.

Presentations and discussions served to illuminate how the Affordable Care Act will lead to the expansion of access and more affordable coverage, the control of health care costs, the improved quality of care, and the extension of outreach to diverse populations. The Forum audience consisted of a mix of professionals from the aging network and those who serve individuals with disabilities.

Panelists from the Governorís Office of Health Care Reform, Maryland Health Care Benefit Exchange and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene discussed the essential elements of Marylandís implementation of Health Care Reform, acknowledged significant benchmarks, highlighted current initiatives, and anticipated the implications of provisions to be implemented. The event also featured Joanne Grossi, Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Region III, and a message from U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).

The Maryland Forum on Health Care Reform was hosted by the Maryland Department of Aging along with partnering organizations Maryland AARP, the Maryland Gerontological Association and the United Seniors of Maryland Educational Foundation.

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SLIDESHOW PRESENTATIONS IN PDF:

   Alice Middleton, Deputy Director, Planning Administration for Healthcare Financing, DHMH

   Carolyn Quattrocki, Director, Governorís Office of Healthcare Reform

   Rebecca Pearce, Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefits Exchange

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