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SB 134 - Amends the Maryland Health Insurance Plan - Key Vote

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Amends the Maryland Health Insurance Plan

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (34-7) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Maryland Health Insurance Plan

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes certain individuals to enroll in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan after the deadline.

Highlights:

  • Exempts a “bridge eligible individual” from the enrollment deadline for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan that ended on December 31, 2013 (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “bridge eligible individual” as an individual who meets certain criteria that include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • The individual can provide evidence that he or she attempted to obtain insurance through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and was unsuccessful in enrolling in coverage; or
    • The individual who is or may become eligible for a health benefit plan because of a relationship with another individual. 
  • Specifies that a bridge eligible individual does not include an individual who is eligible for coverage under the following programs (Sec. 1):
    • The Federal Medicare program;
    • The Maryland Medical Assistance Program;
    • The Maryland Children’s Health Program; or
    • An employer-sponsored group health insurance plan that includes benefits comparable to the Maryland Health Insurance Plan benefits.
  • Authorizes the benefits for a bridge eligible individual to be effective retroactively beginning no earlier than January 1, 2014 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the enrollment in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to be closed to a bridge eligible individual who has not applied for enrollment as of March 31, 2014 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to submit a monthly report on the progress of enrolling bridge eligible individuals into coverage to the following committees (Sec. 4):
    • The Legislative Policy Committee of the General Assembly;
    • The Senate Finance Committee; and
    • The House Health and Government Operations Committee.
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (94-42) - (Key vote)

Title: Amends the Maryland Health Insurance Plan

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes certain individuals to enroll in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan after the deadline.

Highlights:

  • Exempts a “bridge eligible individual” from the enrollment deadline for the Maryland Health Insurance Plan that ended on December 31, 2013 (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “bridge eligible individual” as an individual who meets certain criteria that include, but are not limited to, the following (Sec. 1):
    • The individual can provide evidence that he or she attempted to obtain insurance through the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange and was unsuccessful in enrolling in coverage; or
    • The individual who is or may become eligible for a health benefit plan because of a relationship with another individual. 
  • Specifies that a bridge eligible individual does not include an individual who is eligible for coverage under the following programs (Sec. 1):
    • The Federal Medicare program;
    • The Maryland Medical Assistance Program;
    • The Maryland Children’s Health Program; or
    • An employer-sponsored group health insurance plan that includes benefits comparable to the Maryland Health Insurance Plan benefits.
  • Authorizes the benefits for a bridge eligible individual to be effective retroactively beginning no earlier than January 1, 2014 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the enrollment in the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to be closed to a bridge eligible individual who has not applied for enrollment as of March 31, 2014 (Sec. 1).
  • Requires the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to submit a monthly report on the progress of enrolling bridge eligible individuals into coverage to the following committees (Sec. 4):
    • The Legislative Policy Committee of the General Assembly;
    • The Senate Finance Committee; and
    • The House Health and Government Operations Committee.
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (38-8) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Amends the Maryland Health Insurance Plan

Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A BILL PROPOSED BY THE GOVERNOR AND/OR AGENCIES OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, AND THEREFORE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, MINORITY LEADER, OR COMMITTEE CHAIR ARE LISTED AS AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR, BUT IT IS NOT A PROPOSAL OFFERED BY THOSE OFFICIALS.

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