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Maryland’s Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program: An Innovative Approach to Covering the Eligible Uninsured

From Health Affairs Blog

By Stan Dorn

May 13, 2019

EXCERPT

The threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), major regulatory changes that affect ACA implementation, and a likely 2020 debate over Medicare for all have understandably captured the health policy community’s attention.  As a result, relatively little discussion has recently focused on a basic problem that loomed quite large in the past: enrolling the eligible uninsured into available coverage…

…It is thus noteworthy that a major innovation to enroll the eligible uninsured is being enacted on a bipartisan basis in Maryland. Today, Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) is expected to sign into law the Maryland Easy Enrollment Health Insurance Program (MEEHP). Championed by two veteran Democratic legislators (Senator Brian Feldman and Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk), the bill passed the State Senate on a unanimous, 46-0 vote and the House of Delegates by a broad bipartisan margin of 123-15.