For an HEZ to be designated by the Secretary, a non-profit community-based organization or local health department must apply to DHMH and CHRC with a comprehensive plan to address disparities in a defined geographic area. The bill contains several possible incentives that can be utilized to address disparities within the HEZ including:
- Loan assistance repayment;
- Income tax credits;
- Priority to enter the Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home Program;
- Grant funding from CHRC; and
- Priority for receiving funds for establishing an electronic health records program.
The bill also requires the Maryland Health Care Commission to establish and incorporate a standard set of measures regarding racial and ethnic variations in quality and outcomes and track health insurance carriers’ and hospitals’ efforts to combat disparities. In addition, state institutions of higher education that train health care professionals will be required to report to the Governor and General Assembly on their actions aimed at reducing health care disparities.
Click here for more information on HEZ eligibility requirements.
HEZ Informational PowerPoint Presentation
Click here for an informational PowerPoint about HEZs.