October 20, 2021
By: Hannah Gaskill
U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D) announced Tuesday that he is seeking to expand access to health insurance to millions of Americans by mirroring an existing state law that allows people to enroll through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange by checking a box on their tax returns.
“This bill represents American federalism and bipartisanship at its finest,” Stan Dorn, director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation at the consumer health advocacy group Families USA, said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. “Using the states as laboratories of democracy, Senator Van Hollen is now saying, ‘Let’s take this great innovation in Maryland, let’s make it smoother and more effective in a way that we can only do by changing the rules at the federal level.’”Last modified: May 3, 2022