Health and Human Services Workgroup


The workgroup’s two principal areas of research are health and human services.  The health field incorporates issues concerning public health including emergency response, the Medicaid program (including the Maryland Children’s Health Program, Primary Adult Care program, as well as traditional Medicaid), long-term care, behavioral health (including issues concerning the developmentally disabled, individuals with serious mental illness, and individuals with substance abuse problems), private health insurance, health regulation, and health occupational licensing and regulation.  Human services issues are focused primarily on public benefit programs such as temporary cash assistance, child welfare, and child support.  Other areas of concern to the workgroup are aging and juvenile justice issues.


The workgroup responds to numerous legislative requests during the year as well as pursuing research on other topics considered of interest to legislators.


The workgroup produces one biannual report, Public Benefits for Children and Families, which attempts to assess the value of the public benefits that are available to families and individuals by local jurisdiction.  Other reports are on an ad hoc basis.  In addition to formal reports, workgroup research is often incorporated into Issue Papers prepared for the Maryland General Assembly as well as operating budget documents.





Assessing the Impact of Health Care Reform in Maryland  (January 2017)


Public Benefits for Children and Families (December 2016)


            Review of Housing Counselor Programs and the Potential for a Revolving Loan Fund for Payment of Security Deposits  

            (August 2016)


Overview of Homelessness and Homeless Services in Maryland (September 2015)


Spending on Services for Children, Youth, and Families:  A Data Resource Guide Fiscal 2011-2015 (January 2015)


2015 Issue Papers (December 2014)


Survey of Local Health Departments in Maryland (January 2013)


Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (Presentation to the Joint Republican Caucus, January 2013)



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