Moving health care forward
Access to affordable, quality healthcare is a fundamental right. Maryland has always been a leader on affordable, accessible, innovate healthcare, but we need to make sure our healthcare system works for all Marylanders.
- In order to make healthcare more affordable for everyone, we must stabilize the individual health insurance market by going beyond reinsurance to explore Medicaid buy-in on a sliding scale to give consumers more choice and incentivize competition.
- We can reduce health disparities, improve access to underserved communities, and build healthier communities by supporting innovative access to community-based healthcare. Building off success stories like the community clinic at Morris Blum Senior Apartments, Maryland can connect need with access and resources by supporting a better continuum of care, integrating primary care with mental and behavioral health, utilizing technology in telehealth and digital records to provide better preventative care.
- We must expand home healthcare services that allow seniors to age in place. This means better integrating healthcare and support services, expanding senior center services, and increasing transportation opportunities – everything from building wheelchair ramps to providing better public transit.
FIGHTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
The opioid epidemic touches nearly every family in District 30. This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a public health crisis. We must act now and rise to meet the challenge.
- We must remove the barriers and expand access to substance abuse treatment. Whether that’s improving support and funding for Safe Stations or removing excessive regulation to open up more beds, Maryland must to do more to work with local leaders and ensure they have the resources they need to fight this challenge.
- Decisions about treatment should remain between doctors and patients. However, we need smart oversight to hold bad actors accountable, such as pill mills and reckless pharmaceutical companies, accountable with real deterrents of those who seek to harm our communities.
- Addressing this crisis means ensuring we have the trained workforce, such as social workers, certified nurses, counselors, crisis intervention professionals, and peer recovery coaches, to meet the demand. Maryland work hand-in-hand with our community colleges and universities to ensure we’re graduating and incentivizing the service of the skilled professionals needed.