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Important News for all Maryland WOC Nurses

Wednesday, March 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Dryden
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To all Maryland Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses,

The WOCN Society has worked with the Metro Maryland Ostomy Association (MMOA) to have legislation introduced in the Maryland General Assembly that would require insurance companies and HMO's in Maryland to provide coverage for Ostomy Equipment on ALL policies -- the WOCN Society is fully committed to supporting this effort. The legislation, SB 671 was introduced by Senator John Astle and Senator Joanne Benson.

On March 5th WOCN Past-President, Jan Colwell, testified before the Maryland Senate Finance Committee in favor of legislation that would mandate insurance coverage of ostomy supplies. Following the testimony, the Committee favorably reported the legislation moving it along to the next step in the legislative process. Now we need to see that this legislation continues its path towards becoming law.

We ask that you please help by doing whatever you can to help secure passage of this important legislation. The advocacy process is not difficult and we have the following links to help you:

We have all experienced those patients who have not been able to get the needed supplies.

We CANNOT let this bill die in committee like the previous ones. We need you to act as soon as possible!

It is up to ALL of us to get this bill passed and your participation is crucial.

For further information, contact Chris Rorick by email at

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