ANNAPOLIS - A Maryland General Assembly panel has rejected legislation that would have lowered Medicare HMO premiums for residents in Washington County and other rural areas of the state.
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Instead, leaders in the House of Delegates are urging the federal government to fix the problem of unequal premiums across the country.
"It's not over. Citizens in rural Maryland should not be penalized by paying more for health care than their urban counterparts," said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.
This was the second year that the legislation co-sponsored by Donoghue was rejected by the House Economic Matters Committee.
Unlike last year, Donoghue has renewed hope that the federal government is ready to face the problem.
"The only real solution will come at the federal level. It just took a little longer for people to understand," Donoghue said.