Access to quality, affordable health care for all residents is good for families, businesses, and the economy. Fortunately, Maryland has been a leader in expanding access to coverage for residents, but there is still work to do to improve access to health care and to lower its cost. 

MDCEP conducts research and analysis on health policies and programs in Maryland, evaluates new policy proposals, and advocates for polices that improve health outcomes, particularly for low and moderate income residents. 

Health insurance policy

Rising Health Insurance Costs Hurt Maryland Workers and Small Businesses

The rising cost of health insurance is forcing many Maryland families to make tough choices
Kids with health coverage

Let’s Aim To Get All Maryland Kids Health Coverage

More than 40,000 Maryland kids aren’t covered by health insurance, and that needs to change.
Recent Health Publications

Healthy Working Families Act Protects Twice as Many Workers as Governor’s Proposal

February 2, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Each time they get sick or need to care for a sick child, more than 700,000 working Marylanders are still forced to choose between their health and a day’s pay.… read more

Proposed Budget Moves Maryland Backwards by Cutting Key Investments in Health, Education, Housing

January 24, 2017 by MDCEP
As a whole, the governor’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018 fails to make the investments we need to continue to move our state forward. While the proposal makes some efforts… read more

Maryland’s Fight Against Hunger is Not Over

December 7, 2016 by Natalie Neill
In the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the world, no one should go hungry. Yet, too many Maryland families still struggle to afford enough to eat. Federal- and… read more

What the Election Results Mean for Maryland

November 22, 2016 by Benjamin Orr
  This election cycle has been hard on everyone. But now that it is over, we must look ahead to how potential changes in federal policies will affect Maryland. The… read more

SNAP Works for Maryland Children

October 14, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
While it’s widely known that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps thousands of Maryland families put food on the table, it also does much more to help keep children… read more

Will a Spike in Insurance Costs Slow the Progress Made Since Health Reform?

September 16, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
Tens of thousands more Marylanders were able to get health coverage in 2015 as more people continued to benefit from federal health care reform and the expansion of Medicaid, but… read more

Maryland Children now at Greater Risk of Poverty, Hunger

July 7, 2016 by Kristina Li
Every Maryland resident benefits from a more highly educated, healthier, and economically stable community. And when more than 170,000 Maryland children experience hunger, fewer educational opportunities, and limited health care… read more

Veto of Clean Energy Jobs Act Harms a Growing Industry

June 8, 2016 by Kristina Li
CC0 Public Domain Author: chrischesneau When he vetoed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, Gov. Larry Hogan took an action that could slow the growth of Maryland job creation and delay… read more

2016 Session Leaves Missed Opportunities to Help Working Marylanders

April 13, 2016 by Kali Schumitz
When this year’s legislative session began, there was the potential for the General Assembly to take meaningful steps to help thousands of Marylanders who struggle to make ends meet. There… read more

Time limit on food assistance puts 15,000 Marylanders at risk of going hungry

April 5, 2016 by Kristina Li
This month more than 15,000 Marylanders who are already struggling to get by will begin to lose a vital resource that helps them get enough to eat every day. Due… read more