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 Health Care Advocates Win Major Support from Faith Leaders for Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation

Faith Leaders to announce their support in Annapolis Feb. 14

What: Kick-off event and announcement of support from state faith  leaders

Who: Statewide and Regional Faith Leaders

           Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (Baltimore County) Lead Senate Sponsor

           Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties) Lead      House Sponsor

            Marylanders Hurt By High Cost of Prescription Drugs

           Vincent DeMarco, president, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative

When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, 12 noon

Where: Room 142 House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, Md., 21401

Faith leaders from across the state will endorse legislation in the General Assembly to create the Prescription Drug Affordability Board to set fair and affordable costs for some medications.  The bill numbers are SB 759 and HB 768.

“Too many people in Maryland struggle to pay for the prescription drugs they need to lead healthy lives, and faith leaders are standing with them to support the legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, the lead group advocating for the measure. “Drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them, and this board will protect the public by setting fair and affordable costs for lifesaving medications.”

 The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (Baltimore County) as Senate Bill 759 and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s) as House Bill 768, has wide support among the public and elected leaders from around Maryland. The legislation also has bipartisan backing in the General Assembly, over 100 co-sponsors signing on in support.

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