Making Health Care Work

LOWERING HEALTH CARE COSTS—A pro-consumer health insurance exchange would allow hundreds of thousands of families and businesses to join together and negotiate for cheaper health care plans.

Delivering on the Promise of Quality, Affordable Health Care

Now the fight for health care reform is in Annapolis, and so are the health care industry’s lobbyists.

At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Maryland — the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care. The new state insurance exchange will allow small businesses, those of us who buy health care on our own, and the uninsured to shop for cheaper health care plans and find some relief from increasingly brutal premiums. 

Done right, the exchange will save billions and level the balance of power between consumers and the health care industry — driving the industry to cut waste and prioritize high-quality care.

The health care industry knows this and has spent millions to influence decisions on health care, so they know how high the stakes are.

In order to help us fight back against the kind of price jumps and trap-door coverage we’ve all been suffering from, Maryland PIRG is pushing to see that the exchange:

1) Negotiates for better plans. By demanding better care for less cost, the exchange can use the collective power of hundreds of thousands of Marylanders to finally demand that the industry do better.

2) Have high standards, so that bad plans aren’t an option.

3) Be open to as many Marylanders as possible. Limits that shut some individuals and businesses out of the exchange would reduce its ability to lower costs — and will be a key tactic that industry lobbyists use to weaken it.

4) Be accountable to the public.

Issue updates

News Release | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Health Care

U.S. Supreme Court Decision to Uphold Health Reform Law Will Benefit Millions in Maryland

Today’s decision is good news for consumers in Maryland. Insurance companies can’t go back to the days of dropping your coverage once you become ill, or denying coverage to sick children. And beginning in 2014, the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for “pre-existing conditions” will be history. 

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

Maryland's Health Care Exchange on Track to Lower Costs for Consumers

Maryland’s health insurance exchange has the potential to be a national leader in delivering better value for consumers, according to Making the Grade, a new report by Maryland PIRG.

> Keep Reading
Report | Health Care

Making the Grade

When it comes to health care, there are few magic-bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace: insurers don’t compete for their business, leading to higher prices and lower quality. Yet there are policy solutions that can make a difference and give consumers a better deal on health care.

> Keep Reading
Report | Health Care

Building a Better Health Care Marketplace

Consumers across the state know that the health insurance marketplace is broken. The creation of a new health insurance exchange offers our state the chance to build a better marketplace for health care.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

Consumer Group Calls for New Competitive Health Care Marketplace

Maryland policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to a report released today by consumer advocacy group Maryland PIRG Foundation.

> Keep Reading

Pages

News Release | Health Care

Consumer Group Calls for New Competitive Health Care Marketplace

Maryland policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to a report released today by consumer advocacy group Maryland PIRG Foundation.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences

Consumers and small businesses in Maryland will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts, according to "The Cost of Repeal: Examining the Impact on Maryland of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law," a new report released today by Maryland PIRG.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

Maryland the Focus for Next Stage of Health Reform

The new federal health care reform law puts state leaders in the driver’s seat, according to a new report by consumer advocacy group Maryland PIRG Foundation.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

President Signs Historic Health Care Law

The passage of health reform today is a huge step forward for the country. It happened because 219 members of the House of Representatives stood up to the powerful health insurance industry lobby.

> Keep Reading
News Release | Health Care

Health Care Reform Can Save Maryland $54 Billion

Health care reform might cost $1 trillion, but it can ultimately save the nation $3 trillion, with billions of dollars of benefits for every state in the union, according to a new report released today by the Maryland Public Interest Research Group.

> Keep Reading

Pages

Report | Maryland PIRG | Health Care

The $3 Trillion Question

Without health care reform, the United States is projected to spend over $40 trillion on health care in the next decade.  Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending – up to $12 trillion dollars – will be wasted on ineffective care, pointless red tape, and counterproductive treatments that can actually harm patients. 

> Keep Reading
Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Health Care

The Small Business Dilemma

When it comes to health care, American small business owners are getting a raw deal. While the current insurance marketplace offers some options to larger employers, it too often leaves small business owners on the outside looking in.

> Keep Reading
Report | Health Care

The Facts About Comparative Effectiveness Research

As Congressional and public debate over health care reform grows more intense, comparative effectiveness research (CER) has emerged as an unlikely flashpoint of controversy.

> Keep Reading
Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Health Care

Health Care in Crisis

Our health care system is in crisis.  Without swift action, that crisis could threaten every Maryland family’s health and finances.

> Keep Reading
Report | Maryland PIRG Foundation | Health Care

Paying the Price

Millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans struggle to afford the medicines they need, even forgoing medically necessary drugs when prices are out of reach.

> Keep Reading

Pages

View AllRSS Feed

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates, and take action on critical issues.


Support us

Your donation supports Maryland PIRG's work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.