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Maryland Senate Approves Stopgap Health Insurance Bill

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The Maryland Senate has approved an emergency bill to help residents who were not able to sign up for insurance coverage on the state's troubled health exchange website because of technical issues.

The bill offers residents the ability to receive coverage from a state healthcare plan for high-risk patients. It now moves to the House of Delegates.  Depending on how many people sign up for the temporary coverage, it could cost the state up to $10 million.

But leaving people uninsured is far more costly, says Senate president Mike Miller.

"It's only expensive if we don't get people to sign up," he says. "The theory is these young people who think they're 10-feet tall and bulletproof and have no insurance and wind up in the emergency room... we have to pay for them."

The final vote in the Senate was 38-8, with four Republicans joining all Democrats in supporting the measure.


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