Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program Work Group

Pursuant to SB 632 (2022), MHBE will “convene a workgroup to study and make recommendations relating to the establishment of a Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program to provide subsidies to small businesses and nonprofit employers and their employees for the purchase of health benefit plans.” MHBE will then submit the workgroup’s findings and recommendations in the form of a report to the Governor, Senate Finance Committee, and House Health and Government Operations Committee.  MHBE invites any interested individual to apply to participate in the workgroup, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals from the small business and nonprofit community, including owners, employers, and employees;
  • Health insurance carrier representatives;
  • Licensed health insurance producers; and
  • Representatives of business, nonprofit, consumer advocacy, and other organizations.

If you are interested in participating in the 2022 Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program Workgroup, please submit your completed application, statement of interest, and resume to Becca Lane at becca.lane@maryland.gov by June 3, 2022. The group will meet between June and August 2022. Topics the workgroup will study include:

  • The health insurance coverage needs of small employers, nonprofit employers, and their employees;
  • Objectives and target metrics for the Program;
  • The optimal scope and design features of a Small Business and Nonprofit Health Insurance Subsidies Program, including:
    • Whether subsidies under the Program should be available for the purchase of qualified health plans offered to small employers on the Exchange and the purchase of health benefit plans offered to small employers outside the Exchange;
    • Subsidy eligibility and payment parameters for the Program;
    • The administrative structure and infrastructure investments required for implementation of the Program, including any requirements for the Exchange, health insurance carriers, and any other entities involved in the implementation of the Program; and
    • The duration of the Program;
  • The cost to administer the Program, including the cost to provide subsidies and operational costs; and
  • The sources and levels of funding needed to support the Program.

Draft Workgroup Charter
Small Business Work Group Application

Meeting Dates

Meetings will be held virtually at 1-3pm on the dates below.

July 12, 2022

July 26, 2022

August 9, 2022

Google Meet joining info for all meetings:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aab-msxq-srw
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-881-0183‬ PIN: ‪269 220 987‬#

August 23, 2022

Google Meet joining info for all meetings:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aab-msxq-srw
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-881-0183‬ PIN: ‪269 220 987‬#

September 6, 2022

Google Meet joining info for all meetings:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aab-msxq-srw
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-881-0183‬ PIN: ‪269 220 987‬#

September 20, 2022

Google Meet joining info for all meetings:
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aab-msxq-srw
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-881-0183‬ PIN: ‪269 220 987‬#