The Senate Finance Committee will hear the Governor’s Health Benefit Exchange bill today (SB 238). The legislation addresses several issues relating to the authority of the state Health Benefit Exchange and the future structure of health insurance markets in Maryland.
“The Maryland Chamber agrees with most of the provisions of this bill,” Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Ron Wineholt said.
Two areas of concern Wineholt mentioned in his testimony relate to language in the bill that could enable the Exchange to exclude otherwise qualified carriers from competing in the Maryland marketplace and allow the Exchange to set requirements beyond those provided in federal law. “We believe this language is far too broad and needs to either be suspended pending further study, or deleted from the bill,” Wineholt said.