Paul Ryan wants to end financial protections for people with serious medical conditions; Maryland looks for public opinion on long-term coverage

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> U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan called for an end to the Affordable Care Act's financial protections for people with serious medical conditions, saying the restriction raises costs for healthy consumers but undermines choice and competition, Reuters reports. Article

> The Maryland Insurance Agency held a hearing this morning to discuss public views on long-term care coverage, according to The Washington Post. Article

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