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January 10, 2018

Maryland lawmakers are floating new legislation that would reinstate the Individual Mandate, a measure of the Affordable Care Act eliminated in a new tax bill passed by Republicans in Washington, D.C. 

The measure would give uninsured people the option to either just pay a penalty to the state of Maryland of about $700, or pay the same amount towards a health insurance plan. Health Services Administration Associate Professor Dylan Roby called the plan a novel idea in an interview with public radio station WAMU. 

“It’s not just a backend penalty,” he said. “It’s a penalty designed to try to bring people into the market.”

Democratic lawmakers seem optimistic about the law's chances, and Republican Governor Larry Hogan spoke out against Congressional Republicans’ attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act last year. But Dr. Roby said to WAMU that he doesn't know if opposition to repealing the ACA would mean Hogan's support of the bill. 

“I don’t know that I would read that much into his opposition to overall ACA repeal,” Dr. Roby argued. “A lot of that was related to the Medicaid expansion money, not necessarily the individual mandate, which is probably the least popular part of the law.”

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