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 386 - Health Benefit Plans - Coverage for Hair Prostheses for Hair Loss Resulting from Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment for Cancer.

This bill requires health insurers, nonprofit health service plans and HMOs to cover the cost of hair prostheses for individuals whose hair loss results from chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. The cost of a prosthesis may not exceed $350.

House Bill 22, 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 386.

Parris N. Glendening