Health Insurance

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The Senate followed the lead of their House colleagues Wednesday with a unanimous vote to cap out-of-pocket rates for so-called specialty tier drugs. These include treatments for chronic diseases like hemophilia, multiple sclerosis and lupus as well as some cancers and HIV.


Commissioner Slashes Health Insurance Rate Requests

Jul 26, 2013
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Maryland’s insurance commissioner has approved premium rates for individual health insurance plans to be sold through the state’s new health benefits exchange under the Affordable Care Act. 

MD Attorney General Doug Gansler wants state regulators to put a temporary cap on health insurance rate hikes that would limit them to 5%. GOP Delegate Ron George plans to formally enter the Governor’s race today. Legislative leaders are planning to appoint a special committee to investigate possible prison reforms. A new report shows that Maryland has the fourth highest rate of arrests in the country for marijuana possession. Plus: Baltimore’s stormwater fees, budgets in Anne Arundel County and Ocean City, and a report on the generosity of Marylanders. And more…

Baltimore City is throwing out some 6,000 tickets issued by its speed and red light cameras. Many Maryland health insurers are looking to impose steep rate increases for the health insurance plans that'll be offered through the state's health benefit exchange next year. A report on plans to rebuild and renovate dozens of Baltimore city school buildings. Plus: a new legislative audit reveals problems with the electronic servers that maintain Internet communications for 30 different state agencies. The State Board of Education approves new emergency planning guidelines aimed at helping school systems prepare for disasters. A look at yesterday's indictments in an alleged Baltimore jail smuggling operation. And more.