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Posts from — May 2020

LTE: Prescription drug affordability push requires adequate resources

May 26, 2020

The Baltimore Sun May 26, 2020 By: Larry Zarzecki and Jessica Gorski EXCERPT: “We can no longer wait and hope that pharmaceutical corporations will do the right thing and price prescription drugs fairly. We urge Maryland legislators to override this veto in the next General Assembly session so that the Prescription Drug Affordability Board has […]... Read more »

Poll: Marylanders Oppose Hogan’s Drug Board Veto, Favor Special Session

62% of Marylanders believe Hogan should have signed the bill.... Read more »

LTE: Put Maryland back on path toward affordable prescription drugs

May 22, 2020

Governor Hogan’s veto of this legislation is disappointing, especially since the measure would not cost the state any money. ... Read more »

Leader of Md. health group predicts legislature will override veto of prescription drug board funding

May 20, 2020

Nobody testified against it in either House. Not even the administration, which is part of the reason that the veto is so baffling.... Read more »

Advocates Confident of Override on Drug Board Funding

May 19, 2020

Citing strong backing from the Democrats who control the General Assembly, health care advocates expressed confidence on Monday that the legislature will overturn Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of one of their top priorities... Read more »

Media Release: MCHI Launches Digital Ad Campaign Against Governor’s Veto of Funding Bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board

May 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 18, 2020 Contact: Vincent DeMarco, 410-591-9162 Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Launches Digital Ad Campaign Against Governor’s Veto of Funding Bill for Prescription Drug Affordability Board Veto Threatens Work of the Board and Aligns Governor with Pharmaceutical Industry Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) today launched a digital ad campaign to educate the […]... Read more »

UnitedHealthcare Returns to Md. Marketplace

May 12, 2020

Stan Dorn, Director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation, said UnitedHealthcare’s decision to re-enter Maryland “says great things about the approach the Maryland Exchange has been taking.... Read more »

MD Lawmakers Urged to Quash Veto of Nation’s First Drug-Pricing Board

"It is just completely baffling that Gov. Hogan would veto a bill which would pay back the state money and fund a really smart way to make prescription drugs more affordable," DeMarco said. "It seems he's taking the side of prescription-drug corporations against people who need their prescription drugs."... Read more »

Hogan Veto of Drug Board Funding Bill Baffles Advocates

May 9, 2020

The architects of the state’s fledgling Prescription Drug Affordability Board are urging the General Assembly to override Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s veto of a measure to fund the panel’s operations.... Read more »

Statement About Governor Hogan’s Actions on Two Major Health Care Bills

May 7, 2020

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today vetoed a critical health care measure, SB 669/HB 1095, which would establish a dedicated funding source to support the work of the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board. He allowed another measure to go into effect without his signature: SB 872/HB 959, which enshrines key principles of the federal Affordable Care Act into Maryland law, a major step forward for the state.... Read more »