ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 21, 2012) – Lt. Governor Brown will testify this week in support of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2012 (SB 238/HB 443). Brown is scheduled to appear before the Senate Finance Committee tomorrow, Wednesday, and before the House Health & Government Operations Committee on Thursday.
In 2011, Lt. Governor Brown championed efforts to pass legislation creating the framework for the Exchange. This year’s legislation is the next step for health care reform implementation in Maryland. It continues the State’s efforts to meet the January 1, 2014 deadline required by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) to establish a health benefit exchange that makes available qualified health plans to eligible individuals and employers.
“Maryland has become a national leader in implementing health care reform because we understand reform will reduce costs, increase access, and improve the quality of health care for all Marylanders,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Our Health Benefit Exchange Act will help ensure that Maryland’s Exchange accomplishes the goal of providing a transparent marketplace that offers individuals and small businesses high-quality, affordable private health plans that fit their needs at competitive prices.”
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s health care portfolio. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 310,000 Marylanders and put the State in position to maximize the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Testify on Behalf of Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2012 (SB 238/HB 443)
HEARING SCHEDULE: Senate Finance Committee Hearing
Wednesday, February 22 – 1:00 PM
Miller Senate Office Building, Suite 3E
House Health & Government Operations Committee Hearing
Thursday, February 23 – 1:00 PM
Lowe House Office Building, Room 241