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Drug industry on tenterhooks as Maryland price-gouging law nears

September 18, 2017

Reuters September 15, 2017 Deena Beasley (Reuters) – As U.S. consumer outrage grows over prescription drug prices, state authorities and patient advocates in Maryland are preparing to enforce the nation’s first law designed to punish drugmaker price-gouging. The state Attorney General’s office said it will field complaints and investigate “unconscionable increases” in essential generic medicines […]... Read more »

Don’t let pharma take down a new Maryland price gouging law

September 11, 2017

Washington Post Jeremy A. Greene – Op-Ed September 8th 2017 Jeremy A. Greene is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of “Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine.” In May, Maryland became the first state to take action against the alarming trend […]... Read more »

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a GOP stronghold, home to thousands who now have insurance thanks to Obamacare

September 5, 2017

"Obamacare sustained us, I guess you could say," Birckhead said. "I don't know what people are going to do if they lose their coverage..."... Read more »

Maryland panel to monitor health-care overhaul efforts meets for first time

August 3, 2017

Washington Post August 2, 2017 Fenit Nirappil A Maryland state panel established by lawmakers to monitor and respond to Republican attempts to overhaul the health-care system met for the first time Tuesday, hearing testimony about the effects that legislation in Congress would have locally. The Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, co-chaired by Sen. Brian […]... Read more »

On health care, state lawmakers grapple with uncertainty

She also warned that if these issues aren’t resolved, people would likely lose their health insurance.... Read more »

Panel hears of Obamacare successes, perils in Maryland

A commission established to explore Maryland’s options to respond to a possible repeal of Obamacare heard an accounting of the program’s accomplishments in the state Tuesday as well as warnings about the effects of President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to dismantle it.... Read more »

Repealing Obamacare is dead. What’s next for Marylanders?

July 31, 2017

Next Tuesday, on August 1. a newly created commission, the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, will meet in Annapolis to discuss the current state of Maryland's health care.... Read more »

Maryland health care advocates celebrate after repeal bill fails

"We are here with one simple message: The life-saving Affordable Care Act is here to stay," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative.... Read more »

Maryland advocacy group celebrates “Obamacare’s” continuing victory over “Trumpcare”

“We pledge to work to make the Affordable Care Act better. One of the ways we are doing that is through the Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission,” DeMarco said.... Read more »

Senate Swats Down GOP Health Care Bill Hours After Opening Debate

July 27, 2017

InsuranceNewsNet John Fritze July 26, 2017 July 26–Reviving their touch-and-go effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans narrowly agreed Tuesday to begin debate on an undefined health care bill that could change how millions of Americans obtain insurance. In a dramatic showdown that required Vice President Mike Pence to break a tie vote […]... Read more »