A 2001 Blueprint for Universal Health Care in Maryland

During 2001 and 2002, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University analyzed state health insurance reform policy options for achieving universal coverage in Maryland. The research team incorporated their work into a proposal for health reform to be presented to the Maryland state legislature.

Key Recommendations

The proposal, entitled A Proposed Plan for Universal Health Insurance Coverage in the State of Maryland, called for a two-phase "Health Care for All" plan:

  • Phase 1, a voluntary program offering quality, affordable health insurance to all Maryland citizens currently without health insurance, includes:
    • Providing health care for all uninsured children by expanding the Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP), which provides comprehensive benefits.
    • Giving children and the poor better access to providers by enhancing provider reimbursement rates for the Medicaid/MCHP programs.
    • Helping seniors and others afford their prescription drugs by establishing a public negotiating pool for prescription drugs purchased in Maryland.
    • Providing health care for all uninsured adults through a new, quasi-public insurer, the Maryland Healthcare Trust.
  • Phase 2, still under development, requires all Maryland citizens to have health care coverage through private insurance, some existing governmental insurance program or the Maryland Healthcare Trust.