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How the drug industry blew it in MD

June 28, 2017

As Attorney General Frosh said, “The pharmaceutical companies are extremely powerful and they’re usually able to kill bills like this. But they weren’t able to this time because people are really feeling the pain, and because of Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative’s excellent organizing skills.”... Read more »

Costs too great in Senate healthcare bill

The bottom line is that the costs of the proposal — in both dollars and lives — would simply be too great to bear. Without health insurance or Medicaid, thousands upon thousands of Marylanders will have to cope with their health care needs on their own, including those suffering with drug addiction and mental health challenges.... Read more »

Landmark Law Fighting High Cost Of Prescription Drugs

June 12, 2017

A landmark law soon on the books in Maryland is fighting back against soaring prescription drug prices, becoming the first state in the country to make price gouging illegal.... Read more »

Before price gouging law takes effect, advocates hunt for evidence to enforce it

June 5, 2017

The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative launched a website Sunday to collect examples of price increases that could potentially be used to build future cases against drug companies after the law takes effect in October.... Read more »

Hogan lets drug price-gouging bill, dozens others become law without signature

May 31, 2017

Gov. Larry Hogan said Friday he will not block a new law giving the Maryland attorney general's office authority to take generic drug makers to court to challenge allegedly excessive price increases.... Read more »

Hogan vetoes bill to ‘ban the box’ on college applications

Hogan on Friday also allowed dozens of bills to become law without his signature, including one that authorizes state Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) to sue drug companies that dramatically increase the price of drugs... Read more »

Hogan allows drug price-gouging bill to become law

Gov. Larry Hogan will allow to become law a measure that gives the state attorney general the power to sue generic drug manufacturers over price gouging... Read more »

As States Wage Battles on High Drug Prices, Drugmakers Fight Back

May 17, 2017

Maryland’s legislature in April approved a bill that would allow the state attorney general to sue manufacturers of generic drugs for price increases deemed to be excessive; the governor is reviewing it, a spokeswoman said.... Read more »

At Baltimore town hall, defending Medicaid

WYPR May 16, 2017 Rachel Braye Several dozen people defended Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act Monday night at a town hall at the Greater Baltimore Urban League. Maryland congressmen Elijah Cummings and John Sarbanes, both Democrats, listened as person after person shared personal health stories. One of these stories came from 63-year-old Dean Dodson. […]... Read more »

House passes health care bill, setting up harder fight in Senate

May 9, 2017

"We think the Trump-Ryan bill would be a disaster for millions of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Marylanders," said Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, ahead of the House vote.... Read more »