Historic Gains for Hospitals

April 18, 2022

Maryland’s legislature packed scores of high-profile bills into the 90-day session that ended April 11—from climate change and paid family leave to redistricting and other election-year priorities.

Together with your government affairs leaders, we made sure legislators treated health care as a key priority, too.

MHA successfully advocated for historic investment—$80 million—to support hospital worker recruitment and retention. This is the state’s largest direct investment to Maryland’s hospitals in over a decade. And we’ll work closely with the state to ensure the funding comes without needless strings.

MHA also locked in $7.4 million in loan repayment for physicians, physician assistants, and nurses—up from $400,000 in FY 2020.

We also successfully advocated for bills to:

  • Establish a Commission to study the health care workforce crisis in Maryland
  • Require the Maryland Department of Health to lead a work group to create a public awareness campaign to prevent violence in health care settings
  • Continue the ability to fast track licensing for physicians in states that participate in the multi-state compact 
We are pleased to have defeated multiple bills backed by trial attorneys, which would have been burdensome for your hospitals and confusing for patients. More of our shared successes are detailed in our Sine Die Report.

To help you tell the story of our collective success and how this year’s legislative session will affect your own hospital, MHA is offering several resources. We will share them this week.

It’s our privilege to advocate on your behalf. We are proud to have delivered strong support for hospitals and we look forward to making more progress in rebuilding hospitals’ resilience.

Bob Atlas
President & CEO 
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