FAQs about health care reform in Maryland

FAQs about health care reform in Maryland

A regular question-and-answer series on how the Affordable Care Act will be implemented in Maryland. Have a question? Send it to healthsci@baltsun.com for consideration.

What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?

4:07 PM EDT, October 2, 2013

What plans are offered on Maryland's health insurance exchange?

Marylanders who need insurance under health reform because they don't have it through their employer or a federal plan will be able to get it from a state exchange. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith discusses the kinds of plans that are offered on the exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, which opened Tuesday. People shopping for health insurance can compare the specific plans at marylandhealthconnection.gov. Coverage starts in January.

Taxes, penalties for individuals, companies who opt out of health reform law

5:08 PM EDT, September 13, 2013

Taxes, penalties for individuals, companies who opt out of health reform law

Under the health reform law, everyone who files a federal income tax form is required to have insurance. Most employers also have to offer it. The idea is that for reform to work, everyone needs to enroll so that there is a good mix of healthy and sick people paying into and using the system. People can choose not to have insurance and companies can choose not to offer plans. But it will cost them. Analysts with The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County explain the penalties for those who choose not to participate in reform.

Understanding Medicaid expansion under health reform

3:32 PM EDT, September 6, 2013

How will Medicaid expand in Maryland?

Medicaid will undergo a major expansion under health reform. Charles Milligan, the state's deputy secretary for health care financing, explains who will qualify.

How will health reform affect dental coverage?

6:40 PM EDT, August 23, 2013

How will health reform affect dental coverage?

Much of the attention over what changes federal health reform will bring has focused on doctor visits and hospital stays. But what about dental care?

Understanding health exchanges

8:19 PM EDT, August 28, 2013

Understanding health exchanges

As the state health insurance marketplaces, also called exchanges, get set to launch in October, many people have questions about the coverage that will be offered. Here are a few that were posed to me recently:

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