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Tue May 14, 2019, 07:23 PM

Maryland gov signs 1st-in-nation measure to help uninsured

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan signed a first-in-the-nation measure Monday to make it easier for people without health insurance to find out if they qualify for low-cost insurance after they file their taxes.

The new law will create a box for people to check on state income tax returns. If a taxpayer checks the box, the state’s health care exchange will see if the person qualifies, based on information in the tax return. Those who qualify for Medicaid will be enrolled automatically. The exchange will contact people who qualify for private coverage.

Hogan, a Republican, highlighted bipartisan work in the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, on other health-related measures he signed Monday. One of them raises the smoking age from 18 to 21 and includes vaping in the definition of tobacco products.

“We are also proud to continue Maryland’s record of leadership on health care by enacting legislation to further improve access and lower costs,” Hogan said.

Read more: https://www.fredericknewspost.com/public/ap/maryland-gov-signs-st-in-nation-measure-to-help-uninsured/article_8f0dc851-bb24-53c5-81ef-deba7bb5a8da.html

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