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Maryland Lawmakers’ Final Efforts Before 90-Day Session Ends

April 11, 2017

The General Assembly considered 2,800 bills this session, and Monday night, they were going through the last of them. There were some landmark decisions, as Maryland is the first state to empower the attorney general to go after off drug companies for price gouging.... Read more »

Generic drug price gouging could be penalized in bill sent to Hogan

The House voted 137-2 for the bill, HB631, and the Senate approved it on Friday 38-7 with a handful of Republicans joining the Democratic majority. All but a few GOP delegates supported the measure.... Read more »

Senate vote expected today on Prescription Drug Bill

April 4, 2017

Today the Senate Finance Committee of the Maryland General Assembly is expected to vote on HB 631, a bill to curb rising prices of prescription drugs.... Read more »

Hike on State Liquor Sales Tax May Be Helping Prevent DUI Accidents

March 28, 2017

It was the first alcohol tax increase in four decades. Now, a study links the tax hike to a six percent decline in DUI accidents overall in Maryland, and a 12 percent decline in the 15 to 34 age group.... Read more »

Study: Maryland alcohol sales tax increase leads to decline in drunk driving crashes

"We are thrilled to report that the 2011 alcohol sales tax increase has worked as we said it would to save lives by reducing harmful use of alcohol," Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative said in a news release. "This new study shows conclusively that increasing alcohol sales tax reduced alcohol-related crashes, particularly among young people. We hope other states follow our example to enact life-saving alcohol tax increases."... Read more »

Study: Md.’s alcohol tax increase led to drop in drunken driving accidents

The increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax in 2011 has saved lives, advocates said after a new study showed a decrease in alcohol-related car crashes in the last six years.... Read more »

Md. advocates back panel to monitor health care changes

March 2, 2017

The commission would monitor what Congress may do to affect health care coverage for Maryland residents. It would report to the General Assembly with suggestions about how the state could respond.... Read more »

Maryland Legislature addresses prescription drug cost

February 16, 2017

Maryland is now ground zero in the battle over curbing the cost of prescription medication, and the fight is also taking place over the air waves.... Read more »

Md. health officials call for drug affordability legislation

About 300 generic drugs’ prices more than doubled from 2010 to 2015, according to a 2016 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Moreover, the report found that the “price increases generally persisted for at least one year” after the initial hike.... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Push to Rein in Drug Prices

January 11, 2017

The pair of bills are backed by some top Democrats, the Legislative Black Caucus and an array of interest groups representing doctors, seniors and minorities.... Read more »