Insurance plan passes House


ANNAPOLIS -- The House of Delegates yesterday voted 135-0 in favor of a bill to create a low-cost health insurance plan for some of the state's half-million uninsured people.

But the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which must pass the bill before it can become law, said that he has problems with parts of the plan.

The bill, sponsored by Delegate Casper R. Taylor Jr., D-Allegany, would allow small employers and some individuals to buy a stripped-down health insurance policy that includes only a few of the 32 benefits the state mandates. The policy would be available only to individuals and companies with 25 employees or fewer that have had no health insurance for the prior year.

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