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Death With Dignity
House Bill 562 - Patients' Rights - Requires hospitals to provide patients with a patient's bill of rights, including the right to "respectful, compassionate care regardless of age, gender, race, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability" and to "participate in decisions about the patient's care, including the right to refuse treatment."
- Hearing 2/20/2018 at 1:00 p.m.House Health & Government Operations Committee
Senate Bill 1011 - Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018 - Would replace the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate eliminated in the recent federal tax reform legislation with a Maryland health insurance down payment plan. The Health Insurance Down Payment Proposal would allow a tax payer who is faced with a fine for not having qualifying coverage at tax time to have the option for this fine to go toward their health insurance in the Maryland Health Exchange..
- Hearing 2/21/2018 at 1:00 p.m. Senate Finance Committee
House Bill 1167 - Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2018 - (see above for description).
- Hearing 2/22/2018 at 1:00 p.m. House Health & Government Operations Committee
Senate Bill 741 - Public Safety - Handgun Permit Review Board - Repeal - Would abolish the Handgun Permit Review Board which has been used to overrule the decisions of the State Police denying handgun carry permits.
- Hearing 2/22/2018 at 1:00 p.m. Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
On Friday, February 16, the House Economic Matters Committee gave an Unfavorable Report for Senate Bill 304 which would have delayed until July 1, 2018 the effective date of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act. Earned sick leave is now secure for all Marylanders with an effective date of February 10, 2018!
Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of each person. Thus, we believe quality and affordable health care should be available for all. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there have been many attempts to repeal and weaken it. The most recent was the Federal Tax Reform legislation which ended Federal enforcement of the individual mandate. HB 1167/SB 1011 are Maryland's innovative answer to what could be devastating to the thousands who are receiving benefits and up to 200,000 who are eligible for coverage.
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