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Posts from — May 2017

As States Wage Battles on High Drug Prices, Drugmakers Fight Back

May 17, 2017

Maryland’s legislature in April approved a bill that would allow the state attorney general to sue manufacturers of generic drugs for price increases deemed to be excessive; the governor is reviewing it, a spokeswoman said.... Read more »

At Baltimore town hall, defending Medicaid

WYPR May 16, 2017 Rachel Braye Several dozen people defended Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act Monday night at a town hall at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Maryland congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes, both Democrats, listened as person after person shared personal health stories. One of these stories came from 63-year-old Dean Dodson. […]... Read more »

Do the Opposite

May 9, 2017

This post was originally shared on Community Catalyst’s Health Policy Hub about the work of the Maryland Faith Health Network on April 24, 2017. Doing the Opposite Guest Blogger, Andi Mullin and Stephanie Klapper During this tumultuous time in our country’s history, when the President of the United States is sowing division and fear by […]... Read more »

House passes health care bill, setting up harder fight in Senate

"We think the Trump-Ryan bill would be a disaster for millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Marylanders," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, ahead of the House vote.... Read more »

RSVP for Medicaid Townhall

On Monday, May 15 th at 5:30pm at the Greater Baltimore Urban League, 512 Orchard Street in Baltimore, Representatives Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes, health advocates and Marylanders that are concerned about potential draconian cuts to the life-saving Medicaid program will gather to discuss their stories, and ways we can move forward to protect the […]... Read more »

What is Hogan waiting for?

Maryland would be the first state have such a law if Gov. Larry Hogan signs the Frosh bill – or even if he allows the bill to become law without his signature.... Read more »

Winners and Losers of the General Assembly Session

Vinny DeMarco and the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative: It continues to be the model for mobilizing grass-roots support for progressive legislation in Annapolis. This year it helped enact a one-of-a-kind curb on prescription drug prices that should become a model for other states.... Read more »

Maryland on-track to give attorney general power to sue for drug price-gouging

Washington Post April 10, 2017 Ovetta Wiggins and Josh Hicks Maryland could become the first state to give its attorney general the power to take legal action against drug companies that dramatically increase the price of off-patent or generic drugs under a measure that is moving through the General Assembly. Attorney General Brian E. Frosh […]... Read more »

“Unconscionable” drug price spikes could soon be stopped in one state

CBS National April 11, 2017 Maryland would be the first state to empower the state’s attorney general to take action to stop pharmaceutical price gouging under a measure given final passage by lawmakers on Monday. The bill sent to Republican Gov. Larry Hogan would enable the attorney general to bring civil actions against manufacturers of off-patent […]... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Approve Bill To Fight Drug Price-Gouging

Reuters and Huffington Post April 10, 2017 Ian Simpson  Maryland lawmakers have passed a first-in-the-nation measure that lets the state attorney general sue generic drug makers that sharply raise prices in a move aimed at fighting what legislators call “price-gouging.” The bill overwhelmingly was approved by the Democratic-controlled legislature on Monday and hailed by Maryland […]... Read more »