Montgomery County residents are the second healthiest in the state. However, Maryland’s rank as #24 in the nation should serve as a call to action.

Montgomery County residents are the second healthiest in the state. However, Maryland’s rank as #24 in the nation should serve as a call to action.Healthcare is a right, not a privilege and Marylanders deserve patient-centered care with a focus on preventative health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, (ACA) everyone should understand their rights and utilize services available to them.

I support action to address inequalities in health outcomes. With a robust non-English speaking community in Maryland, it is time to meet the demand for culturally competent materials. The Maryland Health Exchange pledged to provide linguistically appropriate materials, yet it does not currently offer any alternate language options.

Over one million Marylanders received Medicaid benefits from 2012- 2013 and with state Medicaid expansion, all adults under age 65 and up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level are now eligible. The ACA provides young adults up to age 26 who have aged out of foster care health care too. These vital changes mean more people are covered and I will always fight to protect Medicaid.

Children are our greatest asset. I am proud to reintroduce legislation to warn about the extreme temperatures on synthetic fields where our kids play. Through the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) the poorest and sickest children have access to cost-effective comprehensive health care through and the ACA expands access.

While there has been much debate over the lack of efficiency in implementation, Maryland uses a state based health exchange. Please sign up for healthcare here.

Bills I’ve sponsored/co-sponsored:

HB1272, Public Health – Electronic Cigarettes – Distribution to Minors Prohibited, prohibits sale of electronic cigarette with nicotine to minors

HB497, Public Schools – Epinephrine Availability and Use – Policy Requirements, requires each county board to institute injectable epinephrine policy in schools.

HB121, The Lorraine Sheehan Health and Community Services Act of 2011, increases State tax on alcohol to provide revenue for specified health services

HB888, Health Insurance – Prescription Eye Drops – Refills, required health insurance companies to cover prescription eye drops under set circumstances

HB391, Maryland Electricity Service Quality and Reliability Act – Safety Violations, required Public Health Commission to adopt regulations for public health reasons