May 16, 2002

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 651 - Health Insurance - Nonrenewal of Individual Health Benefit Plans - Requirements for Carriers with Affiliates.

This bill amends Maryland Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act provisions, requiring a health insurer, nonprofit health service plan or HMO (carrier) that offers health benefit plans through an affiliate in the individual market to meet certain notification and coverage requirements in the event the carrier elects not to renew all individual health plans.

House Bill 754, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign Senate Bill 651.

Parris N. Glendening