The Honorable Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.
President of the Senate
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. President:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed Senate Bill 164 - Health Insurance - Internal Appeal and Grievance Processes.

This bill requires a carrier to develop an internal appeals process for coverage determinations and expands the type of information that a carrier must send to a member when it renders an adverse decision or grievance decision.

House Bill 405, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 11, 2000, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 164.

Parris N. Glendening