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Reducing Preventable Hospitalizations, August 7th, 2014

Yesterday, as part of our ongoing ‘Governing for Results’ series, I had the privilege of touring the Center for Clinical Resources, part of the Western Maryland Health System. I met dedicated health care providers on the tour and we talked about the steps we’re taking to reduce preventable hospitalizations and create a stronger, healthier Maryland.  Read the Rest…

A Healthier, Safer Maryland, July 25th, 2014

Yesterday, I visited the Annapolis Police Department as part of our ‘Governing for Results’ tour to highlight the formation of the Overdose Prevention Council and the steps we’re taking to reduce substance use disorder in our communities. In Maryland, we value the wellness of our citizens and the safety of our communities above all else,  Read the Rest…

Lowering Hospital Bills by Reducing Uncompensated Care, May 30th, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) ushered in a number of important reforms: insurance companies can no longer deny care to someone because of a preexisting condition; they can’t drop someone if he or she gets sick; and children can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. The Affordable Care Act was also designed to expand access  Read the Rest…

2014 Betty Tyler Award Ceremony – Planned Parenthood Maryland, 9th Annual Spring Gala, April 30th, 2014

Baltimore, Maryland [Transcript, as delivered] Good evening! (Applause) I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight. We’ll be doing whitewater rafting. (Laughter) I want to thank Jenny Black for her leadership, and all of you for the hard and tireless work from your organization day in and day out for the health  Read the Rest…

New Data Indicates Reduction in Uncompensated Care from Affordable Care Act, March 28th, 2014

We are three days away from the end of Maryland Health Connection’s first open enrollment period, and as Governor O’Malley announced today, more than 270,000 Marylanders have enrolled in coverage – either in private health plans or Medicaid. I want to personally thank the hundreds of consumer assistance workers who are logging long hours to  Read the Rest…

Maryland Submits Application to Modernize All-Payer System, October 11th, 2013

Proposed model focuses on prevention, quality care and value BALTIMORE  – Governor Martin O’Malley announced that Maryland today submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a revised proposal for an unprecedented and innovative model to improve health care outcomes, enhance patient experiences, and control costs across the State. The proposal, developed and revised  Read the Rest…

Implementing the Affordable Care Act, Creating Jobs and Strengthening America’s Middle Class, September 26th, 2013

Governor O’Malley’s Introduction of President Obama at Prince George’s County Community College Kettering, MD How are we doing Prince George’s County Community College? [Applause] You all look great. Are you excited to see the President? [Applause] So am I! I want to thank all of you for coming out to give the President such a  Read the Rest…

Governor Martin O’Malley Announces Maryland Infant Mortality Rate Driven Down to New Record Low in 2012, August 29th, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that Maryland’s infant mortality rate hit a new record low in 2012, driven largely by a reduction in the African American infant mortality rate. Governor O’Malley made the announcement joined by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, representatives from the Baltimore City Health Department and other officials during a visit  Read the Rest…

A Doctor’s Story, December 3rd, 2012

In this “People Behind the Policies” blog, we hear a doctor talk about his every day experiences and how it’s impacted by this goal: Establish best in the nation statewide health information exchange and electronic health records adoption by the end of 2012. A Doctor’s Story Dr. DelVecchio “Health IT” (Health Information Technology) – we hear  Read the Rest…

The People Behind the Policies, November 30th, 2012

Together, we’ve made significant progress over the years. Our schools are number one in the country. we’ve driven down violent crime to its lowest level in over 30 years and we’ve decreased infant mortality deaths 16.3% since 2007.  All of these achievements relate to our 15 strategic goals. But often when sharing these statistics, it’s easy to  Read the Rest…