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Health advocacy group sends supportive mailers in key senate races

October 25, 2018

Maryland Matters October 24, 2018 Danielle Gaines The Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative is betting that public support for prescription drug affordability could boost the campaigns of three senators facing tough races for reelection. The organization — which has courted pledges of support for a prescription drug affordability board from over 130 candidates for state office […]... Read more »

Md. Senate committee considers complicated health care changes

February 21, 2018

Daily Record February 21, 2018 Tim Curtis ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers were still making changes to a bill designed to stabilize the individual health insurance market hours before a hearing Wednesday, demonstrating the complexity of finding a solution to federal health care changes. Late changes to a bill presented to the Senate Finance Committee allowed […]... Read more »

Winners and Losers of the General Assembly Session

May 9, 2017

Vinny DeMarco and the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative: It continues to be the model for mobilizing grass-roots support for progressive legislation in Annapolis. This year it helped enact a one-of-a-kind curb on prescription drug prices that should become a model for other states.... Read more »

With end of session flurry, lawmakers send almost 950 bills to Governor’s desk

Frederick News Post April 11, 2017 By Danielle Gaines ANNAPOLIS — As the General Assembly’s 2017 session wrapped up Monday, Maryland lawmakers were the first in the country to pass legislation in certain areas. On Monday morning, lawmakers became the first to pass a bill that prohibits price gouging for essential generic prescription drugs. It […]... Read more »

Bills Head To Governor’s Desk, Following General Assembly Session

WJZ Baltimore April 10, 2017 Pat Warren BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This year’s 90-day session of the Maryland General Assembly has officially concluded. On Monday, lawmakers were making the final push for bills to become laws. The General Assembly considered 2,800 bills this session, and Monday night, they were going through the last of them. There […]... Read more »

Maryland General Assembly pushes hundreds of bills to passage on final day

April 11, 2017

The Maryland General Assembly pushed hundreds of bills across the finish line Monday, concluding its 437th session by passing legislation that would make the state's attorney general the first in the country with power to sue drug companies for price gouging.... Read more »

Maryland General Assembly passes bill aimed at drug ‘price gouging’

The General Assembly passed a bill that would give the state attorney general powers to sue drug manufacturers that dramatically raise prices, a first-in-the-nation measure aimed at protecting patients from what the measure brands "price gouging."... Read more »

Maryland Lawmakers Pass Generic Drug Price Gouging Bill

The Maryland bill would target generic drugmakers who hike the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of their drug by 50% or more in one year, or if the WAC is more than $80, or if three or fewer drugmakers are actively manufacturing and marketing the drug.... Read more »

A step to stop price gouging

Pennsylvania lawmakers should follow the lead of their Maryland colleagues and empower the state attorney general to help create the deterrence that is needed to preclude price-gouging on life-saving medications.... Read more »

Maryland lawmakers send bill on drug price gouging to Hogan

If signed by Gov. Larry Hogan, the bill would make it illegal for generic drug manufacturers to engage in price gouging — defined as an "unconscionable increase in price" — for certain prescription drugs. Manufacturers would be required to submit documents to the Attorney General's office proving the validity of any major price increases and those found in violation of the law could be subject to penalties including a $10,000 fine.... Read more »