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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.

Dr. Peter Beilenson  Credit: TEDxBaltimore / Flickr / Creative Commons
Dr. Peter Beilenson Credit: TEDxBaltimore / Flickr / Creative Commons

Evergreen Health Co-op, one of the insurers on the new health exchange, has signed up way fewer customers than they’d hoped. We talk about why, and how it’s adjusting, with Evergreen’s founder, Dr. Peter Beilenson.

Credit: Creative Commons / Alan Cleaver
Credit: Creative Commons / Alan Cleaver

The new health care exchange is compared to travel websites like Expedia. But buying insurance can be more complicated than buying a plane ticket. Brokers can help with that purchase.  Today, we look at the role they are playing in the exchange—and the entire roll out of the Affordable Care Act.

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Credit: forwardcom / stock.xchng

On January 1st, Medicaid will start covering more low-income Marylanders. How will the expansion shape health care for Maryland's poor? Sheilah talks with Kevin Lindamood, President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Health Care for the Homeless.

Maryland Health Connection Screenshot
Maryland Health Connection Screenshot

Maryland's online health care exchange opened two weeks ago--and it's not been an entirely click-friendly experience. Today on the Checkup, we talk about what's worked--and what hasn't.

Maryland expects 360,000 newly insured residents by 2020. Will it be hard for them - and harder for you - to see a primary care physician? Today on The Checkup, we ask whether Maryland is going to experience a primary care shortage, and what Southern Maryland is doing to keep the shortage it already has from getting worse.

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The federal government is closed today, but the Maryland Health Connection is open. It's the state's new online marketplace for consumers to comparison-shop and buy their own health insurance. We talk with Rebecca Pearce, executive director of the marketplace, as well as with executives of two of Maryland's health insurers about what consumers should expect.

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Credit: slonecker / stock.xchng

The health-insurance exchanges are scheduled to open a week from today, and opponents are still trying to delay or defund Obamacare. In “The Checkup” we ask Politico health care reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham how it will play out here.

Today we continue our series The Checkup: How Health Care Is Changing In Maryland. We meet a retiree from Baltimore County, who’s looking for a good deal in health coverage and Karen Pollitz from the Kaiser Family Foundation, who guides us through the soon-to-open online marketplaces for health insurance.

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marfis75 / Flickr / Creative Commons

Maryland’s health insurance exchange goes online in three weeks. How much do you know about your new options for health coverage? We ask Kathleen Westcoat from the nonprofit HealthCare Access Maryland who will help the public navigate the online marketplace.

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