May 22, 2003

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, today I have vetoed House Bill 553 - Nursing Homes - Third Party Liability Reviews and Audits.

This bill requires the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to conduct a third party liability review of the credit balances of each nursing home that receives payment from the Maryland Medical Assistance Program. This legislation also permits third party liability audits of nursing homes to be conducted under specified circumstances.

Senate Bill 550, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 553.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.