Our impact in the Mid-Atlantic States

News and perspectives on public policy in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

Our impact in the Mid-Atlantic States

News and perspectives on public policy in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.

As the leading nonprofit health system in the Mid-Atlantic States, Kaiser Permanente is committed to increasing access to care and improving economic and educational opportunities in the communities we serve.

Through our unique model, nation-leading preventive care, and evidence-based treatment, we care for our members like no other health care organization. 

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States serves members with medical offices, 14 urgent care centers, and a network of affiliated hospitals. Our physicians and employees are focused on making the lives of our members and communities healthier — from Baltimore to suburban Maryland, to Washington, D.C., to Northern Virginia.

As a leader in providing both health care services and coverage, we believe it is important to engage in complex policy discussions relating to access, affordability, and quality in health care among lawmakers and regulators.

Issues

COVID-19 response: Kaiser Permanente remains focused on expanding the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and safely providing testing, treatment, and care for patients. We are partnering with the health departments in all 3 jurisdictions as a vaccine provider at our medical office buildings. We are also focused on urgent policy efforts to preserve care and coverage and helping to fortify the Mid-Atlantic States’ public health infrastructure.

Total health: Helping people thrive — both our members and the people in the communities we serve — is core to our mission. We do so in a variety of ways in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., including promoting economic opportunity, doing our part to end systemic racism, ensuring that all people can have access to a safe and stable home, and improving health for students, staff, and teachers through our Thriving Schools program.

Mental health: Because we believe that mental health goes hand in hand with the high-quality care we provide, we are dedicated to expanding access to mental health and wellness and addiction medicine services for all people.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, members’ use of telehealth for mental health visits soared. We are finding that our members appreciate this option, and in many cases prefer a virtual visit over traveling to an office. We will continue to explore how telehealth services can enhance our efforts to expand access and convenience for our members in addition to the many other options we offer for mental health and wellness.

Prescription drug pricing: We see firsthand how prescription drug prices are increasing at unsustainable rates. We have worked to increase transparency and the accountability of pharmaceutical manufacturers to lower costs of prescription medicines, including through a partnership in Maryland with the nation’s first Prescription Drug Affordability Board. We know those are important steps but not enough. We will continue to advocate for sound public policy to reign in drug prices.

Universal coverage: We believe universal coverage in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., is within reach. We worked with stakeholders to develop the nation’s first easy enrollment health insurance program in Maryland, where people can start the process of enrolling in Medicaid or commercial coverage by checking a box on their state tax return. In 2021, we supported similar legislation that became law in Virginia later that year.

Strengthening communities

In 2020, we invested $155 million in the mid-Atlantic to promote good health and well-being, including $4 million in grants and donations to community organizations and nonprofits to reduce or prevent homelessness, increase access to food, and strengthen small businesses.

During that same year, our Charitable Health Coverage programs served 10,982 members, and we covered 130,088 Medicaid members. Additionally, we awarded $630,000 in grants to 6 regional community-based organizations to address systemic racism and foster social justice. This is part of our $25 million national investment in grants to nearly 50 organizations to help dismantle racist structures, systems, and practices in the communities we serve.

Our care

Top-rated private health plan: Our commercial health plan in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., received the highest possible rating (5 out of 5) in 2021 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Top-rated Medicare plan: For the 10th year in a row (2013 to 2022), our Medicare health plan in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., earned the highest possible rating (5 out of 5 stars) from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a reflection of high-quality care and outstanding customer service.

Top-rated Medicaid plan: Our Medicaid health plan in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., received the highest possible rating (5 out of 5) in 2021 from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Our people

Our doctors earn top accolades. Hundreds of our physicians in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., are on “top doctors” lists in publications such as Northern Virginia Magazine (2021), Washingtonian magazine (2020), and Baltimore magazine (2020).