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Posts from — December 2017

Poll: prescription drug pricing legislation has support in Md. swing districts

December 29, 2017

A push to expand Maryland’s ability to control prescription drug prices released a poll Thursday that advocates said shows strong support for the effort in swing legislative districts.... Read more »

Open enrollment in Obamacare in Maryland ends today

December 22, 2017

Baltimore Sun/Capitol Gazette Meredith Cohn Dec 22, 2017 With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ending in a little over a week, here’s some things to keep in mind. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close in Maryland on Friday with about the same number of enrollees as last […]... Read more »

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen Endorses Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative

December 19, 2017

“As an emergency physician, I have seen patients who have had to make the impossible choice between buying life-saving medications and paying for rent or food. As Baltimore City’s Health Commissioner, I see every day the impact on our people of escalating drug prices, including for naloxone which can keep overdoses from leading to death,” said Dr. Leana Wen.... Read more »

How blue states might save Obamacare’s markets

December 18, 2017

A state-level mandate "has been high on our list ever since the threat began to the Affordable Care Act in Washington," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, a consumer advocacy group.... Read more »

Maryland’s deadline to enroll in ACA health coverage nears

December 14, 2017

Herald-Mail Georgia Slater December 6, 2017 ANNAPOLIS — A series of “last chance” events are scheduled for this weekend to help Marylanders enroll in Affordable Care Act health care coverage for 2018 before the Dec 15. deadline. Free events are planned Dec. 8-10 at 18 locations throughout the state, including Hagerstown. At these events, trained […]... Read more »

Maryland health exchange extends deadline to enroll in Obamacare

The Baltimore Sun Meredith Cohn December 13, 2017 Marylanders seeking health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act will get an extra seven days to sign up, state officials plan to announce Wednesday. The new enrollment deadline is December 22 rather than Friday. The deadline was extended by a week to accommodate procrastinators and avoid […]... Read more »

INDIVIDUAL HEALTHCARE MANDATE BEING CONSIDERED IN MARYLAND

December 7, 2017

The ACA Times  December 7, 2017 Robert Sheen While Republicans in Congress will be discussing whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in final tax reform legislation, the state of Maryland is considering implementing its own healthcare mandate for its state residents. Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s […]... Read more »

AARP Files Friend of the Court Brief in AAM v. Frosh in Support of Maryland’s Anti-Drug-Price-Gouging Law

AARP Maryland December 6, 2017 Nancy Carr Consistent with its longstanding efforts to reduce the cost of healthcare for older adults and all Americans, today AARP filed a friend of the court brief in AAM v. Frosh, No. 17-2166, (4th Cir.), supporting Maryland’s recently enacted HB 631—a law that prohibits unconscionable increases in the prices […]... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers consider state replacements for insurance mandate

December 6, 2017

WYPR Rachel Baye December 6, 2017 If Congress repeals or stops enforcing the individual mandate and Maryland doesn’t change anything about the way its insurance market works, state residents will feel the effects quickly, health care experts warned a state commission Tuesday. “If we don’t act next year, it’s very likely we won’t have an […]... Read more »

Maryland’s deadline to enroll in ACA health coverage nears

DelMarVa Now Georgia Slater December 5, 2017 A series of “last chance” events are scheduled for this weekend to help Marylanders enroll in Affordable Care Act health care coverage for 2018 before the Dec 15. deadline. Free events are planned at 18 locations throughout the state Dec. 8-10. At these events, trained “navigators” will be […]... Read more »