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Health Care and Reproductive Rights in the 2023 Session

UULM-MD will continue to give its support for reproductive rights after the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the US Supreme Court.

Legislation to be introduced in the 2023 General Assembly builds upon the Abortion Care Access Act passed over the Governor's veto in 2022! We will add bill numbers as the bills are introduced. 

  • Declaration of Rights to Reproductive Liberty: Constitutional protections at the state level for contraception and abortion.

  • Shielding Bill: Protect those obtaining, providing or supporting abortion care in Maryland from prosecution in states that ban abortions.

  • Data Privacy Bill: Restrict access to sensitive reproductive healthcare information.

  • HB 477 / SB 341 - Public Senior Higher Education Institutions - Reproductive Health Services Plans - Requirements. Require state university health centers to provide access to contraception and self-managed abortion.

 

 

This map of the US from the Guttmacher Institute 1/18/22 shows how Maryland is surrounded by

states where abortion is illegal or severely restricted.

 

Declaration of Rights – Right to Reproductive Liberty

In 2022, we supported the movement to enshrine Marylanders’ right to abortion access in the state constitution (the Maryland Declaration of Rights), and we plan to do so again in 2023.  Maryland has a unique opportunity to solidify its protections for abortion access this year. If passed by the General Assembly, it will be on the ballot as a constitutional amendment in November 2024. While Maryland law already guarantees the legal right to the procedure, having the right in the constitution would not only strengthen this right, it would also make restrictions—which anti-choice legislators introduce every year—more difficult. Without access to abortion, the right is meaningless. 

Other Health Issues

UULM-MD will continue to participate with the Health Care for All Coalition to support
the expansion and improvements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Maryland to reduce the number of Marylanders without health insurance coverage through  anticipated legislation including:

  • (HB 279/SB 202) Prescription Drug Affordability Board - Upper Payment Limits

  • Health Care Subsidies for Young Adults—Make permanent the 2021 law providing $20 million a year for two years to provide lower income young people (18-34) health care subsidies. It is estimated over 46,000 young people have been enrolled and this was a 7% increase.

  • (HB 111/SB 26) Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Maryland Children's Health Program, and Social Services Programs - Eligibility and Enrollment: Which would automatically enroll up to 65,000 recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) automatically into Medicaid if they are not already enrolled.

  • (HB 107/SB 59) Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Small Employers – Special Enrollment Period and Marketing—Provides $5 million a year for 5 years
    for outreach to help small businesses get their employees enrolled in health care
    plans.

  • (HB 363/SB 365) Access to Care-- Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants –Immigration Issue Team is UULM-MD’s lead team working with CASA to expand health care coverage to immigrants in Maryland regardless of their status, click here for more information. 

Subject
Bill Number
XFile Bill Number
Sponsor
Title
Status
Current Location
Priority
Position
Action
Synopsis
College reproductive services
HB0477
SB0341
Delegate Kelly
Public Senior Higher Education Institutions - Reproductive Health Services Plans - Requirements
Hearing 2/14 at 1:00 p.m. (Appropriations)
Appropriations
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Requiring, on or before August 1, 2024, each public senior higher education institution, in consultation with students, to develop and implement a reproductive health services plan to provide at the institution or to refer students to a comprehensive range of reproductive health services; and requiring the Maryland Department of Health, on request, to provide assistance to a public senior higher education institution in developing the plan.
College reproductive services
SB0341
HB0477
Senator Feldman
Public Senior Higher Education Institutions – Reproductive Health Services Plans – Requirements
Hearing 2/22 at 2:00 p.m.
Education, Energy, and the Environment
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Requiring, on or before August 1, 2024, each public senior higher education institution, in consultation with students, to develop and implement a reproductive health services plan to provide at the institution or to refer students to a comprehensive range of reproductive health services; and requiring the Maryland Department of Health, on request, to provide assistance to a public senior higher education institution in developing the plan.
Prescription Drugs-Upper Pmt. Limits
HB0279
SB0202
Delegate Cullison
Prescription Drug Affordability Board - Upper Payment Limits
Hearing 2/02 at 3:00 p.m.
Health and Government Operations
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Reestablishing the requirement that the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, under certain circumstances, draft a plan of action for implementing a process to set upper payment limits for certain prescription drug products; reestablishing the authority of the Board to set upper payments limits, under certain circumstances, for prescription drug products that are purchased or paid for by or through certain State or local government entities, plans, or programs; etc.
Prescription Drugs-Upper Pmt. Limits
SB0202
HB0279
Senator Feldman
Prescription Drug Affordability Board - Upper Payment Limits
Hearing 2/08 at 1:00 p.m.
Finance
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Reestablishing the requirement that the Prescription Drug Affordability Board, under certain circumstances, draft a plan of action for implementing a process to set upper payment limits for certain prescription drug products; reestablishing the authority of the Board to set upper payments limits, under certain circumstances, for prescription drug products that are purchased or paid for by or through certain State or local government entities, plans, or programs; etc.
SNAP auto enrollment
HB0111
SB0026
Delegate Charkoudian
Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Maryland Children's Health Program, and Social Services Programs - Eligibility and Enrollment
Hearing 2/07 at 3:00 p.m.
Health and Government Operations
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish an Express Lane Eligibility Program by January 1, 2025, to enroll individuals, based on certain eligibility, in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and the Maryland Children's Health Program; requiring the Department of Human Services to enroll individuals, based on certain eligibility, in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program; requiring the Office of Home Energy Programs to enroll certain individuals in certain energy assistance programs; etc.
SNAP auto enrollment
SB0026
HB0111
Senator Augustine
Maryland Medical Assistance Program, Maryland Children’s Health Program, and Social Services Programs – Eligibility and Enrollment
Hearing 2/02 at 1:00 p.m.
Finance
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to establish an Express Lane Eligibility Program by January 1, 2025, to enroll individuals, based on certain eligibility, in the Maryland Medical Assistance Program and the Maryland Children's Health Program; requiring the Department of Human Services to enroll individuals, based on certain eligibility, in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program; requiring the Office of Home Energy Programs to enroll certain individuals in certain energy assistance programs; etc.
Small employer enrollment period
HB0107
SB0059
Delegate Lewis, R.
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Small Employers – Special Enrollment Period and Marketing
Hearing 2/16 at 1:00 p.m.
Health and Government Operations
X
Support
Contact your Delegate on committee
Requiring the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to open a special enrollment period for individuals who become employed by a small employer that does not offer employer-sponsored health benefit plans and the individuals' dependents; altering the amount of funds required to be appropriated to the Maryland Health Benefit Fund in certain fiscal years; and requiring certain funds to be allocated for marketing and outreach to small employers and nonprofit employers and their employees to facilitate enrollment in health insurance coverage.
Small employer enrollment period
SB0059
HB0107
Senator Hester
Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Small Employers – Special Enrollment Period and Marketing
Hearing 2/01 at 2:30 p.m.
Finance
X
Support
Contact your Senator on committee
Requiring the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to open a special enrollment period for individuals who become employed by a small employer that does not offer employer-sponsored health benefit plans and the individuals' dependents; altering the amount of funds required to be appropriated to the Maryland Health Benefit Fund in certain fiscal years; and requiring certain funds to be allocated for marketing, outreach, and programs to small employers and nonprofit employers and their employees for a certain purpose.
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