Kumar P. Barve

Kumar P. Barve

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Kumar P. Barve

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Kumar P. Barve () is an American politician. He is a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing district 17 in Montgomery County.

Legislative career

In the Maryland legislature, Barve is the Majority Leader and a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. He previously chaired the Science & Technology Sub-Committee of the House Committee on Economic Matters.Barve introduced and helped enact the Patient Access Act—the first bill in the nation to regulate HMOs. A similar bill has become legislation in 34 states. The Act permits patients to see doctors outside of their HMO network, prohibited "gag" rules on health-care providers that jeopardized patient care, and prohibited financial incentives that curtailed and compromised care.Barve was, also, a co-sponsor of the Maryland law that banned insurance companies from using pre-existing conditions to deny coverage.Additionally, Barve authored Maryland's version of the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA). The Act both affirms the intellectual-property rights of software developers and provides unprecedented consumer protections to purchasers of computer equipment.In 1999, Barve's bill to define the powers of corporations in making certain gifts passed both houses and was signed by the governor.Barve sponsored a bill to ban marriages between first cousins in 2000. The bill passed...
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