As part of our mission to work on behalf of our members, LifeSpan closely works with State agencies, the General Assembly and the Governor's Office to ensure that providers of post-acute care services have both the resources and the flexibility needed to provide quality of care to their patients and clients.
Each year LifeSpan, through its member-driven Public Policy Committee, tracks bills introduced during the General Assembly Session which could potentially affect provider operations. The committee establishes a postion on the bill, and LifeSpan serves as an advocate for that position in Annapolis. The 2018 General Assembly Session will begin on January 10th and will conclude on April 9th. During that time, LifeSpan’s Legislative Committee will review legislation that affects senior care and take the appropriate positions. Typically there are around 3,000 bills introduced each session, with LifeSpan taking positions on approximately 50 of those bills. These bills span a range of topics, from health care to employment and many areas in between. LifeSpan provides weekly updates to its members so that you can stay informed on the policies that affect your business. You can review LifeSpan's 2018 Policy Initiatives to see what is being tracked.
Outside of the General Assembly Session, LifeSpan staff and members participate on several key workgroups and Councils which are changing the delivery of health care services in Maryland. Example of these working groups include the HSCRC Advisory Council, the Duals Care Delivery Workgroup, and the Maryland Health Care Commission.
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Want to participate in advocacy at the State level but are unsure where to begin? LifeSpan's Public Policy Consultant has created a toolkit of resources to help guide you. Available to LifeSpan members, this toolkit provides contact information, materials, and information on the legislative process so that you can act on matters important to your residents and business. Access the Advocacy Toolkit today to get started.