The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing In Maryland

Tuesday Mornings at 9:00 am on Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast

Why are premiums rising for health insurance? How does the online marketplace work?  Does Maryland have enough doctors?  Join us Tuesday mornings when we tackle questions raised by the Affordable Care Act in our series, The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing in Maryland.

The Checkup is made possible by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Baltimore Association of Health Underwriters, and Healthcare Access Maryland.

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Maryland Morning
9:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

How the Affordable Care Act is Affecting Refugees and Asylees' Health Care

A flyer at the IRC in Baltimore that lists the available interpreters every day.
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The Checkup looks at how refugees and asylees are accessing health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Every year more than 50,000 refugees and asylees enter the United States, and hundreds resettle in Maryland. 

On today’s edition of The Checkup, we hear from refugees and service providers about the changes to refugees' healthcare and the unique health challenges that many face.

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The Checkup
9:48 am
Tue January 28, 2014

How The Affordable Care Act Is Changing A Clinic For The Uninsured

Shepherd's Clinic in Baltimore.
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750,000: That was the estimated number of Marylanders without health insurance as the Affordable Care Act began to rollout. That number has dropped by about 148,000. As of mid-January, about 25,000 people had signed up for private insurance and about 123,000 had gotten Medicaid, the government coverage for certain low-income Americans. One of those people is 53-year-old Baltimorean, Hal Reinhardt. Matt Purdy talks with him about how he got treatment for his diabetes and bipolar disorder while uninsured.

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The Checkup
12:21 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

How Hospital Care Is Changing In Maryland

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The federal government is giving Maryland the okay to try a new approach to hospital care.  It’s going to change how often people are admitted to the hospital and how hospitals get paid. State officials say the new plan puts the emphasis on keeping people healthy. We hear from Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein and Carmela Coyle of the Maryland Hospital Association.

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The Checkup
8:10 am
Tue January 7, 2014

How Medicaid Expansion Will Shape Maryland Health Care

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More than 110,000 Marylanders began getting their health coverage through Medicaid on January 1st. That’s almost six times the number of Marylanders who signed up for private coverage. On The Checkup, we talk about how Medicaid is changing health care in Maryland and other states.

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The Checkup
8:10 am
Tue December 17, 2013

How Preventive Care is Changing Under the Affordable Care Act

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The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers provide 45 preventive services to patients free of charge.  What does this mean for the health of individual patients?  What it could mean for the future health of the U.S., as a society And how much is it all going to cost?

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The Checkup
8:10 am
Tue December 10, 2013

What Ails The Maryland Health Exchange?

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The director of Maryland’s online health exchange resigned on Friday. On the Checkup, we talk about the challenges the exchange faces and possible solutions.

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The Checkup
8:10 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Small Businesses And The Affordable Care Act

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The federal online health insurance exchange has delayed its start for small businesses until November 2014. But, Maryland’s on-line marketplace will start selling insurance to small businesses in April, as scheduled. How will rates for small businesses change? Today, on The Checkup, we talk about that with Frank Kelly, Jr., founder of a big insurance brokerage in Maryland.

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The Checkup
5:28 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

How The Affordable Care Act Is Changing Mental Health Care In Maryland

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On The Checkup: how is mental-health care changing under Obamacare? WYPR’s Mary Rose Madden has investigated, and shares what she’s found.

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The Checkup
3:59 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

The Affordable Care Act and Minority Outreach: Is the Word Getting Out?

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In order to get a better understanding of how Maryland is reaching out to minority populations around the state, we hear from several people engaged in this issue, including Congressman Elijah Cummings and outreach leaders on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in Western Maryland and in Baltimore City.

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The Checkup
8:10 am
Tue November 12, 2013

How Treatment and Coverage of Drug and Alcohol Addiction is Changing

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A quarter of all Americans will deal with a substance abuse issue at some point in their lives. Of those, only about 11-percent will get treatment. The Affordable Care Act may change that. It requires that all insurance plans cover treatment for substance abuse.

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