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 675 - Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Reimbursement for Outpatient Mental Health Treatment - Dual Eligibility.

This bill requires the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to reimburse specified providers the entire Program fee for the outpatient mental health treatment of individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid as defined in the legislation.

Senate Bill 209, 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 675.

Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.