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Donoghue's committee focused on expanding health-care access

March 29, 2007

Editor's note: This is part six of an occasional series explaining the committees on which state lawmakers from Washington County serve in the Maryland General Assembly.




Committee name: Health & Government Operations

Washington County representative: Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington

Committee's purpose: "The Health and Government Operations Committee oversees the delivery and financing of health care services and regulates health care facilities such as hospitals, nursing homes, the Shock Trauma System, health professions, and public health programs in the State of Maryland," he wrote.

How the Maryland General Assembly Web site describes the committee: "The Committee considers legislation relating to child and elder healthcare; civil rights; emergency medical services; health and life insurance; health policy and planning, including facilities, occupations and public health; long-term care; and State government organization, procedures, and administrative law, as well as procurement."

Key issue(s) the committee faces this session: "Legislation to expand access to affordable, high-quality health care benefits for every Marylander is a major focus," Donoghue wrote. "Efforts to reduce the number of Marylanders who have no health insurance (800,000) are critical."

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Bills connected to the committee's work that Donoghue has introduced or plans to introduce: "Legislation to continue the success of the Medbank Prescription Drug Program, to provide fair reimbursement to physicians, and to maintain our world renowned Shock Trauma System, including Washington County Hospital's Trauma System," Donoghue wrote.

Subcommittee(s) Donoghue is assigned to: Chairman of Health Facilities and Occupations Subcommittee

Comment: "The Committee is vital to the needs of every citizen of Maryland when it comes to their health care needs," Donoghue wrote.

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