May 26, 2005

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, today I have vetoed Senate Bill 542 - Health Insurance - Coverage for Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing.

This bill provides that health insurance coverage, including coverage provided by a health maintenance organization is not discriminatory if, with respect to outpatient coverage of services provided to treat mental illnesses, emotional disorders, drug abuse, or alcohol abuse, benefits include psychological and neuropsychological testing for diagnostic purposes. House Bill 458, 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 542.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.