Baltimore Health Insurance Market Primed for National Health Reform

Media Advisory
May 23, 2013

Alwyn Cassil (202) 264-3484 or

WASHINGTON , DC—With a history of aggressive state oversight of health care and Medicaid coverage expansions, the Baltimore metropolitan area likely faces a smoother transition to national health reform than many other markets across the country, according to a new Community Report released today by the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC).

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and based on interviews with local health care leaders in 2012-13, the study examined the Baltimore region’s commercial and Medicaid insurance markets.

Maryland’s health reform path may be easier in part because the state previously enacted requirements similar to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including small-group insurance market reforms and Medicaid coverage expansions for low-income people without children. State leaders have embraced other reform goals, including creation of a state health insurance exchange. Key findings of the report, Baltimore: Health Insurance Market Primed for National Health Reform, which is available here, include:

As health reform unfolds in the coming years, there will be ongoing issues to track in the Baltimore-area health care market, including:

Baltimore is one of eight metropolitan areas, HSC researchers are studying on behalf of RWJF’s State Health Reform Assistance Network initiative—the others are Portland, Ore.; Denver; Long Island, N.Y.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Birmingham, Ala.; Richmond, Va.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

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The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nation's changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research.