Bill would open state to interim health insurance pool

March 28, 2010

The Maryland House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Saturday to a measure that would let Maryland participate in a temporary national pool to make health insurance available to the uninsured. The bill allows the Maryland Health Insurance Plan to administer the national pool program for the state, as part of the overhaul of health care signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23. The pool is designed to make health insurance available to uninsured people before the overall market reforms take effect in 2014. Del. Shane Pendergrass, a Howard County Democrat, said the measure is needed to help Maryland collect some of about $5 billion that will be available from the federal government for states.

- Associated Press

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