Donoghue health care bill passes crucial test
ANNAPOLIS - Del. John P. Donoghue's legislation aimed at easing the burden on health care customers passed a critical test Tuesday when it was tentatively approved in the Maryland House of Delegates.
But some lawmakers raised questions about the bill's effectiveness and suggested it could expose the state to possible lawsuits.
The legislation would require health care insurers and health maintenance organizations to establish internal grievance procedures for members and would authorize the Maryland Insurance Administration to investigate complaints if a carrier refuses to pay for treatment.
The administration could then make decisions on a question of medical necessity after consulting health care professionals.
The bill was approved by voice vote Tuesday, setting the stage for a final vote in the House of Delegates, possibly later this week. If approved, the bill would go to the Senate.