May 26, 2004

The Honorable Michael E. Busch
Speaker of the House
State House
Annapolis, MD 21401

Dear Mr. Speaker:

In accordance with Article II, Section 17 of the Maryland Constitution, I have today vetoed House Bill 411 - Health Insurance - Required Reimbursement - Podiatrists.

This bill provides that, if a specified health insurance policy or contract provides for reimbursement for a service that is within the lawful scope of practice of a licensed podiatrist, the insured or any other person covered by or entitled to reimbursement under the health insurance policy or contract is entitled to the same amount of reimbursement for the service regardless of whether the service is performed by a physician or a licensed podiatrist.

Senate Bill 437, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by me on May 26, 2004, accomplishes the same purpose. Therefore, it is not necessary for me to sign House Bill 411.

Very truly yours,
Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.