Agenda Item 4B
September 11, 2015
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 36-15, Health - Montgomery Cares Advisory Board
- Continuation - Amendments
Expedited Bill 36-15, Health - Montgomery Cares Advisory Board - Continuation
Amendments, sponsored by Lead Sponsor, the Health and Human Services Committee, is
scheduled to be introduced on September 15, 2015. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for
September 29,2015 at 1:30 p.m.
Bill 36-15 would extend the life ofthe Advisory Board for the Montgomery Cares Program.
The Bill would also modifY its mission and duties as well as modifY its membership.
The County law governing the Advisory Board for Montgomery Cares Program
(Montgomery Cares Advisory Board or MCAB) sunsets on October 31, 2015. The Health and
Human Services Committee held a worksession on June 11, 2015 to discuss the recommendations
of the MCAB. The MCAB proposed that
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:
1. Definition 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.
"Program" means the Department's health care delivery system that provides primary medical care
and other essential health care and related services, through public/private partnerships, to low
income and uninsured residents of Montgomery County.