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Health reform's changes stir worries as they take shape in MD

The Baltimore Sun, April 1, 2013

State lawmakers put finishing touches last week on plans to apply federal health care reforms in Maryland come Jan. 1. But who becomes newly insured — and at what cost —still worries stakeholders as the state speeds toward becoming one of the first to adopt a revamped system. Under legislation passed by the House of Delegates and Senate, more low-income Marylanders would qualify for government-funded health care through Medicaid, and an existing tax on health insurers would sustain a new insurance marketplace once federal support wanes. State health and insurance officials face a long to-do list during the next nine months as they implement reforms needed before the Affordable Care Act takes effect.