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Md. lawmakers to weigh mandate, drug prices in 2019

December 9, 2018

Maryland legislators in the 2019 General Assembly session will consider several measures aimed at reducing health care costs and protecting the Affordable Care Act in Maryland... Read more »

State legislators call for health insurance down payment plan

November 21, 2018

“When more people enroll in coverage, the costs come down for everyone,” said Peña-Melnyk, D-Prince George’s and Anne Arundel. “More young and healthy people in the individual market means that risk levels are better and premiums are lower. Fewer uninsured means lower uncompensated costs in hospital emergency rooms, which means fewer of those costs get passed on to the rest of us.”... Read more »

Legislators to try for Maryland insurance mandate again next year

Maryland lawmakers plan to introduce legislation again next year that would create a state-level individual mandate, a potential long-term fix for Maryland’s individual insurance market. Under the proposal, funds raised by the individual mandate, a tax on people without health insurance, would be used to help people purchase health insurance, reduce premiums and pay for administrative costs.... Read more »

Health Insurance Down Payment Plan: How to make healthcare more affordable for everyone

November 20, 2018

Today we released new data suggesting that the Affordable Care Act makes health care more affordable for ALL Americans!... Read more »

Lawmakers redouble efforts to push health insurance down payment

“I strongly believe that the Health Insurance Down Payment Plan will be good for all Marylanders,” said Peña-Melnyk. ... Read more »

General Assembly weighs bill to require Marylanders to buy health insurance

February 22, 2018

Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, praised the idea of using the penalty to help pay for insurance. His group is pushing the bill.... Read more »

Advocates push new state-level insurance mandate

January 10, 2018

The idea came out of a commission the Democrat-dominated legislature created last year to study the effects of changes to the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

With Obama’s federal mandate disappearing, Md. Democrats push ‘down payment’ plan

Proponents of the plan said they’re hopeful that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will support it, noting he was one of 10 Republican governors who signed a letter to Congress last year opposing GOP plans to eliminate the federal insurance mandate.... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers introduce replacement for Obamacare individual mandate

January 9, 2018

Washington Examiner Kimberly Leonard January 9, 2018 Maryland lawmakers have introduced a plan to replace Obamacare’s individual mandate, the provision gutted by Republicans in Congress last month that obligated people buy health insurance or pay a fine. The proposal in Maryland is being described as a “down payment plan” that would give people the option […]... Read more »