The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) regulates health care providers, facilities, and organizations, and manages direct services to patients where appropriate. This includes public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, home health care services, hospices, providers, and health educators, among others.

Medicaid Renewals

Medicaid recipients must renew their eligibility once ever 12 months. Renewals for most Medicaid recipients will now be processed in Maryland Health Connection. Recipients who must renew their eligibility using Maryland Health Connection will receive a letter in the mail with instructions on how to renew their benefits.

MHA Medicaid System of Care Task Force

The task force was formed in July 2019 by the approval of MHA’s Executive Committee to develop hospital field positions on Medicaid policy issues. The task force has three focus areas:

    1. Recommend improvements to the behavioral health system of care for Medicaid enrollees
    2. Review ways to integrate post-acute care and long-term services and supports, in light of the federal requirement for the state to submit a proposal on long-term services and supports to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services by January 2021, as required in Maryland Total Cost of Care Model contract
    3. Consider areas to improve care delivery via value-based models, including strengthening alignment between managed-care operations and the Maryland Model

In January 2020, the task force issued its preliminary recommendations on Maryland Medicaid’s behavioral health system of care.