From Maryland Matters

By Bruce DePuyt

June 16, 2019

Vincent DeMarco, head of the Maryland Health Care For All Coalition, noted that the General Assembly approved a measure this year to help expand access to health care by allowing people who are eligible for free or low-cost coverage to begin the process of getting covered by checking two boxes on their state tax returns.

DeMarco estimates there are 120,000 Marylanders who are eligible for Medicaid or a low-cost private plan with federal tax credits who have yet to enroll.

“This will help everybody,” he said. “The more who are enrolled, the lower our premiums are, the less uncompensated care.”

Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) signed that measure.

A second bill, establishing a first-in-the-nation Prescription Drug Affordability Board, became law without Hogan’s signature.

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