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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
The scars across 16-year-old Dominic Solesky's face are faint, but that doesn't stop people from asking where he got them. The Towson High School junior and his family have told the story many times. Six years ago, Dominic was mauled by a pit bull named Clifford in the alley behind his red brick rowhouse in East Towson, an attack that resulted in trauma surgery at John Hopkins Hospital and a year of rehabilitation. The family's case seeking restitution resulted in last year's Maryland Court of Appeals decision labeling pit bulls "inherently dangerous" and broadening the liability of landlords.
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By Marc Kilmer | August 5, 2013
With full implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) less than two months away, Marylanders may expect their health insurance to become more affordable. It's right there in the title of the law, after all. However, if you plan on buying an individual insurance plan through Maryland's state exchange, you will probably be paying more for insurance, thanks to the ACA. Affordable insurance was a key selling point of health care reform. When he signed the bill into law, President Barack Obama claimed, "This legislation will also lower costs for families," and state-run health insurance exchanges would be a primary vehicle to help consumers realize these lower costs.
NEWS
March 23, 2014
I have a long medical history including multiple bouts of cancer. The removal of life-time caps on insurance coverage is just one of the many reasons I believe we need to keep the Affordable Care Act that is often referred to as "Obamacare. " There are thousands, if not millions, of people who have been helped by the ACA since its inception in October 2010, especially children who had cancer in their early years. It is a shame we have not heard more about the benefits rather than just the problems ( "Obamacare hurts more than helps," March 16)
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Marylanders who buy health insurance on a state exchange under health reform could see their premiums jump as much as 25 percent under rates approved by state regulators, but those increases are less than insurers sought. Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith approved premium increases Friday for nine insurance companies who applied to sell plans to individuals through a state exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, established under health reform. The rates were significantly lower than what insurance companies had requested, but still higher than the 6 percent to 7 percent annual premium increase that is typical across the country.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2013
A company that insures bail bonds is suing Maryland's District Court for being too lenient on its own industry. What gives? Lexington National Insurance Corp. says the playing field on which it's competing with rival companies is not level. The Cockeysville company alleges in a lawsuit filed last month that the state courts have thrown away as much as $3 million by defying state law and not making competitors pay up when defendants jump bail or miss their court dates. Lexington National says in its lawsuit that the practice puts them "at a distinct competitive disadvantage" with noncompliant insurance companies because it regularly pays forfeited bail bond bills, as required by a 2011 law. Representatives for the District Court and Chief Clerk Roberta L. Warnken, who is listed as a co-defendant, declined to comment on the lawsuit.
NEWS
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 16, 2014
There is a reason I have written about the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") more than a dozen times (and why it is the most extensive chapter in my new book): The law is the most hurtful legislation imposed on the American people in my lifetime. But shuffling through daily bits of negative reviews is confusing. And so, as a public service, herein the latest (major) impacts to date: •We now know the Obama administration never intended for those in the individual insurance market to keep their doctor, hospital or insurance.
NEWS
By Darrell J. Gaskin | October 20, 2013
Recently, the Maryland Health Connection - the online health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act - announced premiums as low as $114 a month for a bronze plan for a 20 year old and $260 for a silver plan for a 50- year old. Other state exchanges are announcing similarly low premiums. These affordable premiums in the individual market for health insurance by state health exchanges are tributes to the scholarly work four decades ago of George Akerloff. Mr. Akerloff is a Nobel laureate economist who published a seminal paper, "The Market for 'Lemons': Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism" in The Quarterly Journal of Economics in August 1970.
NEWS
October 27, 2013
Obamacare's penalty/tax from individuals and businesses who do no purchase health insurance should not go to the government to spend, instead it should go to the insurance companies involved, proportionately, to help offset future rate increases. This might also forestall the coming of universal single payer health insurance. Ed Kafes, Baltimore
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2012
Therese M. Goldsmith spent most of last week preparing to deal with Cyclone Sandy's second wave: thousands of Maryland residents who filed insurance claims and began working with contractors and mechanics to repair damage to their homes and cars. As the commissioner of the Maryland Insurance Administration, she's charged with regulating Maryland's insurance industry and making certain that insurance companies comply with Maryland insurance law. The MIA also handles complaints from consumers and helps them work through problems with their providers.
BUSINESS
By Meredith Cohn and Meredith Cohn,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2002
State regulators yesterday ordered a London-based insurer to continue providing coverage for Maryland's properties, including the Baltimore-Washington International Airport and the stadiums at Camden Yards, and pay a fine for dropping the state after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In a 75-page ruling, the Maryland Insurance Administration, which oversees insurance companies operating in the state, said Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group PLC did not give proper notice or reasons for canceling the state's $500 million annual policy in February.
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