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Health reform panel to vote on benchmark plan

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland panel working on implementing federal health care reform is planning to take a vote on the state’s benchmark health benefit plan.

The Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council is scheduled to meet Thursday in Annapolis.

The panel is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Secretary Joshua Sharfstein.

The panel will review the state’s options for the health benefit plan that will define essential health benefits to be covered in all plans sold in the small group and individual markets in Maryland for two years beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

The council will choose from among 10 eligible options, after reviewing key differences between them.