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Providing Medical Care To The Hard-To-Reach Homeless Population

Nov 2, 2015

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Sunday was the first day of the 3-month Fall Open Enrollment period for the estimated 300,000 Marylanders who still have no health insurance. Despite a disastrous online debut in 2013, The Maryland Health Benefits Exchange functioned well during the Spring 2015 enrollment period. And the exchange’s executive director, Carolyn Quattrocki, told Maryland Morning producer Rob Sivak Friday that the agency has already begun fixing many of the problems identified by the auditors.

While Maryland gears up to enroll tens of thousands more people into health insurance plans, there are many individuals, in Baltimore and all across the state, who can’t afford private health insurance. They’re the poorest of the poor: the homeless. Providing health coverage and medical care to this underserved and often hard-to-reach population is the mission of Tom's guest this morning. Kevin Lindamood is president and CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, a national network of non profit organizations that’s been doing this work since 1985.