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Posts Tagged ‘insurance’

Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2012, March 1st, 2012

Establishes a one-stop, transparent marketplace where individuals and small businesses can compare rates, benefits and quality among private insurance plans to ensure all Marylanders have access to affordable healthcare.  Based on recommendations established through an open and collaborative stakeholder process, puts in place policies to guide the Exchange’s operations to ensure quality coverage, reduce costs,  Read the Rest…

O’Malley-Brown Administration Lauds New Rules to Help States Keep Health Insurance Costs Down, September 1st, 2011

Maryland will enforce and expand policy in effect today under the Affordable Care Act to increase public scrutiny of proposals to hike premiums Annapolis, MD (September 1, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley and  Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown joined Insurance Commissioner Therese Goldsmith  in expressing support for new tools available to states today under federal   Read the Rest…

Governor Martin O’Malley Announces Therese Goldsmith as Maryland Insurance Commissioner, May 26th, 2011

Governor also announces new Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation Director Annapolis, MD (May 26, 2011) – Governor Martin O’Malley today announced the appointment of  Therese Goldsmith as Maryland Insurance Commissioner. “I am pleased that Therese has  chosen to continue working for the citizens of our State,” said Governor  O’Malley. “We are confident that  Read the Rest…

Unemployment Insurance – Federal Extended Benefits for the Long-Term Unemployed (2011), March 1st, 2011

Establishes an additional indicator based on the average total unemployment rate in the State to determine if unemployment insurance claimants are eligible to receive federally funded extended benefits.

InvestMaryland (2011), March 1st, 2011

Fuels venture capital investment in Maryland businesses by offering premium tax credits to insurance companies at a discounted rate in exchange for an up-front investment in the program. Through InvestMaryland, Maryland became the first state in the nation to use an online auction to raise funds for a venture capital program – raising $84 million in venture  Read the Rest…

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2011, March 1st, 2011

Establishes a structure and framework to develop the insurance exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges will help individuals and small businesses buy and afford coverage by offering different insurance plans and providing federal subsidies for their purchase.

Health Insurance – Conformity with Federal Law (2011), March 1st, 2011

Implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act will extend health insurance to 350,000 Marylanders and save the state approximately $800 million over ten years.  This bill aligns Maryland law with the consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act.  For example, in addition to making pre-existing condition exclusions illegal, the new rules will help 3.6 million  Read the Rest…

Maryland False Health Claims Act of 2010, March 1st, 2010

Enables the State to recover damages and penalties from individuals who defraud the State by filing false claims against State health plans and programs (e.g., Medicaid). It also mirrors the federal False Claims Act (“FCA”) by including a “qui tam” provision through which private persons, known as “relators” or “whistleblowers,” can file suit and recover  Read the Rest…

Unemployment Insurance – Tax Deferment, Trust Fund Solvency, and Cost-Neutral Modernization Act (2010), March 1st, 2010

Modernizes and improves Maryland’s unemployment insurance benefits by allowing an alternative base period to be used to determine eligibility and expanding eligibility to include individuals enrolled in a qualifying jobs training program.  In part due to this modernization effort, in October of 2012, we announced that Maryland businesses will see a significant cut in their  Read the Rest…

Unemployment Insurance – Eligibility – Part-Time Work (2009), March 1st, 2009

Makes an individual whose availability to work is restricted to part-time work eligible for unemployment benefits, if the individual works predominantly through the year on a part-time basis for at least 20 hours per week.  In light of the distressed economic climate, the thousands of Marylanders who work part time need access to this critical  Read the Rest…