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

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

Guaranteeing Earned Sick Days Is the Right Choice for a Healthy Economy

December 1, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Each time they get sick or need to care for a sick child, 750,000 working Marylanders are still forced to choose between their health and a day’s pay because they… read more

Bipartisan Health Care Bill Could Prevent Further Increases to Insurance Rates

October 26, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
This week, the Maryland Insurance Administration approved additional increases to premiums for the health insurance plans offered through Maryland’s individual marketplace. CareFirst and Kaiser Permanente, the remaining health insurance providers… read more

Congress Must Act Soon to Maintain Health Coverage for Children of Working Families

October 13, 2017 by Shamekka Kuykendall
When Congress allowed federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to expire on Sept. 30, policymakers put at risk health coverage for nearly 9 million children of working… read more

More Marylanders have health insurance, but federal actions threatens these gains

September 28, 2017 by Shamekka Kuykendall
The percentage of Marylanders with health coverage has continued to grow since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Just as newly released census data showed the continued gains, Senate… read more

After the Defeat of ACA Repeal Efforts, Medicaid is Still Under Threat

August 9, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
Federal funding for Medicaid remains under threat from proposals to drastically restructure it, even though most Americans oppose significant funding cuts to Medicaid. The program provides health care coverage to… read more

Federal Actions Could Still Threaten Maryland’s Gains Under Affordable Care Act

August 1, 2017 by Benjamin Orr
Testimony of Maryland Center on Economic Policy Executive Director Benjamin Orr to the Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, Aug. 1, 2017. The effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act… read more

Repealing the Affordable Care Act Without a Replacement Would Leave Even More Without Insurance

July 19, 2017 by Ellen Hutton
This week, two additional Republican senators came out against the Senate healthcare bill, leaving it with too few votes to move forward. Though the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) has… read more

President’s Budget Doubles Down on Massive Medicaid Cuts

June 5, 2017 by Natalie Neill
Despite campaign promises to leave Medicaid untouched, President Trump’s proposed budget doubles down on harmful cuts included in the House Republican healthcare bill passed in May. On top of the… read more

Trump Budget Proposal Would Slash Investments in Anti-Poverty Programs, Shift Costs to Maryland

May 25, 2017 by MDCEP
The budget proposal President Trump released this week threatens the economic and social well-being of low- and moderate-income Marylanders. The budget slashes important anti-poverty programs that help more than 1… read more

Expanding Home Care Options in Maryland

May 24, 2017 by Christopher Meyer
Paying Independent Home Care Aides Appropriately Would Bring Real Benefits at an Affordable Price Introduction and Summary Home care aides provide vital care to thousands of Marylanders who have difficulty… read more