Agenda Items 8
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative
Public Hearing/Action: Expedited Bill 36-15, Health - Montgomery Cares
Advisory Board - Continuation Amendments
Health and Human Services recommendation: the Committee agreed to sponsor legislation
implementing the MCAB recommendations. The Committee did not meet to discuss the Bill after
Expedited Bill 36-15, Health - Montgomery Cares Advisory Board - Continuation
Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor, the Health and Human Services Committee, was
introduced on September 15, 2015. Action is tentatively scheduled immediately following the
Bi1l36-15 would extend the life ofthe Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program
and modify its mission, duties, and membership.
The County law governing the Advisory Board for Montgomery Cares Program
(Montgomery Cares Advisory Board or MCAB) sunsets on October 31, 2015.
Human Services Committee held a worksession on June 11, 2015 to discuss the recommendations
of the MCAB. The MCAB proposed that it be continued through December 31, 2021 with an
expanded mission due to the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid, and consumer
centered medical care. See the March 27,2015 memo from the MCAB at ©7-9. The MCAB
proposed the following changes:
Dermition of Montgomery Cares Program:
"Program" means the Montgomery Cares Program, a public/private partnership between the
Department and a network of nonprofit clinics and hospitals that provides primary medical care
and prescription medications to low-income, uninsured adults who reside in the County.