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Fourth Circuit appeals court strikes down Maryland’s drug price-gouging law

April 19, 2018

The Washington Post Ovetta Wiggins April 13, 2o18 A federal appeals court has struck down a Maryland drug-price-gouging law, a first-of-its-kind measure aimed at lowering the price of off-patent or generic drugs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit said in a 2-to-1 ruling that the 2017 law is unconstitutional because it violates […]... Read more »

4th Circuit strikes down Md.’s generic drug price-gouging law

The Daily Record Steve Lash April 13, 2018 A divided federal appeals court Friday struck down a Maryland law designed to prevent unwarranted price increases by the generic-drug industry, saying the statute unconstitutionally encroaches on Congress’ province to regulate interstate commerce. In its published 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the 2017 law […]... Read more »

Maryland law against price-gouging by drug companies is unconstitutional, appeals court rules

The Baltimore Sun Ian Duncan April 13, 2018 A federal appeals court ruled Friday that a Maryland law passed last year to stop sharp increases in the price of generic medicines is unconstitutional, a setback to new efforts by states to keep down the cost of drugs. In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th Circuit Court […]... Read more »

Experts say Md.’s new reinsurance initiative a short-term fix

April 5, 2018

“One important question for the legislature to grapple with is, if we in Maryland have a certain amount of money to invest, what’s the smartest way to invest that money?” said Stan Dorn, a senior fellow at health advocacy group Families USA.... Read more »

General Assembly weighs bill to require Marylanders to buy health insurance

February 22, 2018

Vincent DeMarco, president of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, praised the idea of using the penalty to help pay for insurance. His group is pushing the bill.... Read more »

Advocates push new state-level insurance mandate

January 10, 2018

The idea came out of a commission the Democrat-dominated legislature created last year to study the effects of changes to the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

With Obama’s federal mandate disappearing, Md. Democrats push ‘down payment’ plan

Proponents of the plan said they’re hopeful that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will support it, noting he was one of 10 Republican governors who signed a letter to Congress last year opposing GOP plans to eliminate the federal insurance mandate.... Read more »

Maryland is already coming up with creative solutions for the Republican tax bill

January 9, 2018

Think Progress Amanda Michelle Gomez January 9, 2018 More people in Maryland are insured now than before the Affordable Care Act. Residents without insurance fell from 11.3 percent in 2010 to 6.1 percent in 2016. Still, there are thousands without insurance– many of whom qualify for federal assistance. Maryland consumer advocates fear federal action thus […]... 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 »