Maryland Limited-Benefit Plans

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The Minimum Benefit Legislation (SB 570), enacted in 2004, requires carriers who insure >10 percent of the covered lives in the small group market to offer a limited-benefit plan. Other carriers may offer if they choose. The actuarial value of the limited plan cannot exceed 70 percent of the actuarial value of the comprehensive standard health benefit plan. The limited-benefit plan is only open to small employers with an average employee wage of less than 75 percent of the state average annual wage and who have not offered health benefits within the last 12 months. Limited-benefit plans became available to qualified small employers beginning July 1, 2005.