Leg­is­la­tors call for health in­sur­ance down pay­ment

Leg­is­la­tion would al­low penalty to go to­ward cov­er­age

The Enquire-Gazette - - Front Page - By HAR­RI­SON CANN Cap­i­tal News Ser­vice

Mary­lan­ders with­out health in­sur­ance would be re­quired to pay a state penalty that can go to­ward pur­chas­ing cov­er­age un­der leg­is­la­tion to be in­tro­duced next year by state Sen. Brian Feldman and Del. Jose­line Peña-Mel­nyk.

Pro­po­nents touted the plan re­cently at a news con­fer­ence, fol­lowed by a sched­uled leg­isla­tive hear­ing on health care in An­napo­lis.

Un­der the pro­posal, any­one in the state who re­ports not hav­ing qual­ity health in­sur­ance would be re­quired to pay a penalty, sim­i­lar to the fed­eral man­date that will end in 2019 un­der changes to the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Mary­land’s pro­posal would

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