Maryland has the luxury of being a small state with a fairly unexciting healthcare market from the healthcare delivery and health insurance perspective. But don't let this take away from the fact that the state has a well-structured process to take on federal health reform. At APHA there was still a kind of haziness in most conversations about "what will happen to public health now that we have health reform?" Not much of that when I spoke to a group of MD APHA members.
Maryland formed a working group to tackle public health, the safety net, and special populations in the brave new world of health reform. The group was a spin off from state's health reform coordinating council.
Below is an excerpt on public health from the working group's first report.
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