Maryland has implemented a series of new healthcare laws aimed at improving access and affordability for residents. The laws were passed during the state’s recent legislative session and cover a range of healthcare issues.
One of the new laws establishes a state-run health insurance program for low-income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid. The program, known as the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program, will help ensure that more residents have access to affordable health insurance.
Another law requires hospitals to provide patients with a written estimate of the cost of a medical procedure or service before it is performed. This will help patients make more informed decisions about their health care and avoid unexpected bills.
The state has also expanded telehealth services, allowing patients to receive medical care remotely from their homes. This is particularly important for residents in rural areas who may not have easy access to medical facilities.
In addition, the state has implemented new laws to reduce prescription drug costs, including requiring pharmaceutical companies to provide information about the costs of producing and marketing their drugs.
Overall, the new laws are expected to significantly impact the healthcare landscape in Maryland, making it easier and more affordable for residents to access the care they need.