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Posts from — January 2018

Federal Appeals Court Hears AAM’s Challenge Of Maryland Price Gouging Law

January 29, 2018

Maryland's first-in-the-nation drug price gouging policy, which allows a state attorney general to sue essential generic and off-patent drug makers when the AG believes the drug price was subject to an "unconscionable increase,” became law last May... Read more »

State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs

January 23, 2018

With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs.... Read more »

Have you heard?

January 18, 2018

We’re airing radio ads in key districts in support of our Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative. Check them out!   Senator Joan Carter Conway and Delegate Cheryl Glenn   Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk and Senator Joanne Benson   Dr. Leana Wen of the Baltimore City Health Department and Hank Greenberg of the AARP... Read more »

Secretary of aging touts Communities for Life program to enhance aging in place

“Prescription drug prices are a problem,” said DeMarco, and in a show of hands, most of the seniors agreed. “It just is not fair.”... Read more »

Down payment option proposed to replace individual mandate

January 16, 2018

Maryland Democratic state legislators released the first piece of their plan to combat moves President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have made over the past year to undermine the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

Media Advisory

January 15, 2018

Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition to Announce Prescription Drug Affordability Initiative... Read more »

Van Hollen Statement on New Health Care Proposal in Maryland

January 13, 2018

"Today, state lawmakers are putting forward a new idea that will enable residents to put a ‘down payment’ towards their future health insurance costs – while stabilizing the overall individual market and lowering costs. "... Read more »

Maryland’s plan to save Obamacare from individual mandate repeal

January 10, 2018

Jonathan Gruber at MIT told me he sees it as a “very promising way to combine the best of standard health economics (the mandate) with the best of behavioral economics (the auto-enrollment).”... Read more »

Advocates push new state-level insurance mandate

The idea came out of a commission the Democrat-dominated legislature created last year to study the effects of changes to the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

With Obama’s federal mandate disappearing, Md. Democrats push ‘down payment’ plan

Proponents of the plan said they’re hopeful that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will support it, noting he was one of 10 Republican governors who signed a letter to Congress last year opposing GOP plans to eliminate the federal insurance mandate.... Read more »