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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 15, 2011

LT. GOVERNOR BROWN TO TESTIFY ON O’MALLEY-BROWN ADMINISTRATION’S HEALTH CARE BILLS



ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 15, 2010) – A week after delivering the keynote address at AcademyHealth’s annual National Health Policy Conference, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will testify in support of the O’Malley-Brown administration’s priority health care bills. Brown is scheduled to appear before the House Health and Government Operations Committee today and before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow.

Governor Martin O’Malley introduced three health care bills as part of his legislative package – a bill establishing the framework for a health benefits exchange (HB166/SB182), a bill amending Maryland’s insurance laws to enforce consumer protection provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act (HB165/SB182) and a bill designed to enhance the state’s ability to bend the cost curve by establishing the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council in statute (HB170/SB183).

Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown administration’s health care portfolio. Governor O’Malley appointed Brown co-chair of the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council. Brown also chairs the Health Quality and Cost Council. Because of health reforms enacted in Maryland during the administration’s first term that expanded health coverage to 250,000 Marylanders, the federal reform law will save Maryland $850 million and cut the number of uninsured Marylanders in half by 2020.

WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to testify in support of O’Malley-Brown health bills
(HB165/SB175, HB166/SB182 and HB170/SB183)

HEARING SCHEDULE: House Health and Government Operations Committee Hearing
TODAY, Tuesday, February 15 – 1:00 PM
House Office Building, HGO Committee Room

Senate Finance Committee Hearing
TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 16 – 1:00 PM
Senate Office Building, Finance Committee Room