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BlueCrossBlueShield CEO: Md. should consider insurance mandate

BlueCrossBlueShield CEO: Md. should consider insurance mandate

Too many consumers of health insurance are accustomed to an unpleasant annual ritual: When autumn rolls around, letters arrive carrying significant increases in monthly premiums, and health care coverage that was already unaffordable for many becomes even more so.

For Marylanders buying their own health insurance, the news is better this year. For the first time in decades, individual insurance rates have decreased year over year. Premiums are lower across the board, and consumers should closely examine their options for 2019. In some cases, switching from a PPO (preferred provider option) plan to an HMO (health maintenance organization) plan could save consumers over 40 percent...

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