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Maryland Small Business Health Insurance

There are different Maryland health insurance laws regarding small businesses or the self-employed. Often these types of health insurance policies are easier to qualify for than an individual health insurance policy, even if you are not in the best of health.

This guide:

  • Describes small business health insurance laws in Maryland

  • Briefly explains self-employed Maryland health insurance

  • Alerts you to a beneficial tax deduction

We also have a guide to Maryland health insurance for families and individuals.

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Maryland small business health insurance regulations

According to Maryland health insurance laws, small group health insurance must be sold to any small business that qualifies. In addition, a small business with 2 to 50 employees must be offered the same Maryland small business health insurance policy the insurance company sells to other small businesses.

There are two requirement Maryland health insurance companies can impose, if they choose. First, Maryland health insurance companies may opt to have minimum enrollment requirements be met in order for you to qurchase Maryland small business health insurance. If the insurance company implements this rule, a certain percentage of employees or members in the group must purchase health insurance or the policy will be rescinded.

Second, Maryland health insurance companies can make it mandatory that the employer pay a specific amount of all their employees' health insurance premiums before agreeing to sell the group a Maryland small business health insurance policy.

Besides regulating who is eligible for Maryland small business health insurance, Maryland health insurance laws make it illegal for any health insurance company to charge higher premiums due to the insured group's health status. However, premiums can vary according to the group's age or family size, among other factors.

Finally, Maryland health insurance companies cannot cancel any Maryland small business health insurance policy because an employee becomes ill.

Self-employed Maryland health insurance regulations

States have different rules for dealing with health insurance for the self-employed. In Maryland, the owner of a small business can purchase a Maryland small business health insurance policy, even if there are no other employees.

Since you can either purchase a Maryland small business health insurance policy or an individual Maryland health insurance policy, you must decide which benefits you the most.

Both have unique advantages for you.

If you choose the former, the protections and advantages of having small business health insurance is guaranteed. If you choose the latter, part of your premiums can be deducted from your taxes.

More MD small business health insurance help

If you want more help getting the best health insurance policy to meet your needs, read our guide to small business health insurance.

To find out more about MD group health insurance laws and regulations, visit the official website of the Maryland Insurance Administration.

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