Legislators call for health insurance down payment
Legislation would allow penalty to go toward coverage
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