As COVID-19 cases and deaths climbed in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan issued an order at the end of March 2020 asking all residents to stay home unless they were engaged in essential work. The next morning, thousands of doctors, nurses, and other health care workers reported, as always, to Maryland hospitals—placing their own lives, and the lives of their families, at risk to care for Marylanders. The dedication of Maryland hospital caregivers never abated, even when COVID cases surged and supply chains were strained past their limits.
Our health care heroes brighten the lives of Maryland families every day. Please honor their commitment and contributions and support sensible policy and legislative choices to protect Maryland hospitals and health care heroes.
The teams at Maryland hospitals risk their own lives as they are called upon to treat some of the sickest COVID patients. Please support the Maryland Health Care Heroes Protection Act to enhance liability protections during catastrophic health emergencies for these heroes who work every day to treat patients and save lives.
Gov. Hogan’s emergency orders and legislation passed by the General Assembly last year allowed for increased utilization of telehealth during the pandemic. Please support legislation to make permanent telehealth flexibilities that were granted for the pandemic and parity in reimbursements by third-party payers for telehealth appointments.
Maryland hospitals are the driving force behind community initiatives that empower healthy neighbors and neighborhoods. It’s clear that our commitment to equity in social, economic, environmental and other domains, further enhances the work we do. Please support policies to enhance health equity and allow our hospitals to continue supporting the health of all Marylanders both inside and outside the hospital doors.