ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers have made a significant change to a bill to implement federal health care reform in the state.

The House of Delegates adopted an amendment on Friday to a measure that sets up the framework for Maryland’s health exchange.

The exchange is a marketplace regulated by state government that would provide insurance to the uninsured.

Under the amendment, recommendations made by the exchange’s board of trustees would have to be approved by the General Assembly. Under the original bill, the board could have implemented exchange policies like types of health plans that would be offered and fees.

The bill is scheduled to come up for a final vote in the House on Saturday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    A single payer health care bill is what is needed. Stop the insanity & that is the large insurance companies writing the health care bill that assures them of over thirty five million new customers. In the end, Medicaid for the poor, walk in emergency room visits that we the tax payer pick up the bill. In the end we all pay for those that don’t so let’s manage the cost’s better by having a single payer.

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