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Poll: Prescription drug pricing legislation has support in Md. swing districts

January 4, 2018

The Daily Record  Tim Curtis December 28, 2017 A push to expand Maryland’s ability to control prescription drug prices released a poll Thursday that advocates said shows strong support for the effort in swing legislative districts. Voters in the 8th and 38th Districts indicated significant support for measures expected to be introduced in the state […]... Read more »

Howard L. Sollins: Md. hospitals’ community-based strategies

The Daily Record December 26, 2017 Every aspect of care in Maryland’s health care delivery system is influenced by the state Health Services Cost Review Commission’s (HSCRC) unique approach to hospital rate-setting for all payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. Physician services, long-term/post-acute care, health system affiliates that are not at a hospital, and other providers […]... Read more »

Enrollment in Obamacare in Maryland holds steady this year

The Baltimore Sun Meredith Cohn December 23, 2017 Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close in Maryland of Friday with about the same number of enrollees as last year. About 150,000 Marylanders have signed up for insurance in 2018 under the law known as Obamacare, which provides coverage […]... Read more »

Marylanders Scrutinize Federal Tax Plan After it Passes Congress

WBAL Robert Lang & Tyler Waldman December 21, 2017 While President Donald Trump and other Republicans are claiming victory with the tax reform bill now on the president’s desk, the bill is getting its share of criticism in Maryland. Vinny DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, is calling on state lawmakers to restore […]... Read more »

Open enrollment in Obamacare in Maryland ends today

The Baltimore Sun Meredith Cohn December 22, 2017 Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close in Maryland on Friday with about the same number of enrollees as last year. About 150,000 Marylanders have signed up for insurance in 2018 under the law known as Obamacare, which provides coverage to those […]... Read more »

Maryland’s deadline to enroll in ACA health coverage nears

December 14, 2017

Herald-Mail Georgia Slater December 6, 2017 ANNAPOLIS — A series of “last chance” events are scheduled for this weekend to help Marylanders enroll in Affordable Care Act health care coverage for 2018 before the Dec 15. deadline. Free events are planned Dec. 8-10 at 18 locations throughout the state, including Hagerstown. At these events, trained […]... Read more »

Maryland health exchange extends deadline to enroll in Obamacare

The Baltimore Sun Meredith Cohn December 13, 2017 Marylanders seeking health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act will get an extra seven days to sign up, state officials plan to announce Wednesday. The new enrollment deadline is December 22 rather than Friday. The deadline was extended by a week to accommodate procrastinators and avoid […]... Read more »


December 7, 2017

The ACA Times  December 7, 2017 Robert Sheen While Republicans in Congress will be discussing whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate in final tax reform legislation, the state of Maryland is considering implementing its own healthcare mandate for its state residents. Senate Republicans added repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate to the Senate’s […]... Read more »

AARP Files Friend of the Court Brief in AAM v. Frosh in Support of Maryland’s Anti-Drug-Price-Gouging Law

AARP Maryland December 6, 2017 Nancy Carr Consistent with its longstanding efforts to reduce the cost of healthcare for older adults and all Americans, today AARP filed a friend of the court brief in AAM v. Frosh, No. 17-2166, (4th Cir.), supporting Maryland’s recently enacted HB 631—a law that prohibits unconscionable increases in the prices […]... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers consider state replacements for insurance mandate

December 6, 2017

WYPR Rachel Baye December 6, 2017 If Congress repeals or stops enforcing the individual mandate and Maryland doesn’t change anything about the way its insurance market works, state residents will feel the effects quickly, health care experts warned a state commission Tuesday. “If we don’t act next year, it’s very likely we won’t have an […]... Read more »