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State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs

January 23, 2018

With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs.... Read more »

Down payment option proposed to replace individual mandate

January 16, 2018

Maryland Democratic state legislators released the first piece of their plan to combat moves President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have made over the past year to undermine the Affordable Care Act.... Read more »

Van Hollen Statement on New Health Care Proposal in Maryland

January 13, 2018

"Today, state lawmakers are putting forward a new idea that will enable residents to put a ‘down payment’ towards their future health insurance costs – while stabilizing the overall individual market and lowering costs. "... Read more »

Maryland’s plan to save Obamacare from individual mandate repeal

January 10, 2018

Jonathan Gruber at MIT told me he sees it as a “very promising way to combine the best of standard health economics (the mandate) with the best of behavioral economics (the auto-enrollment).”... Read more »

Advocates push new state-level insurance mandate

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 »

Maryland state lawmakers propose replacement for repealed ObamaCare mandate

A proposal in Maryland would require people to pay a penalty for not having insurance. The money, though, could be used as a down payment for a health insurance plan. ... Read more »

Maryland state lawmakers propose replacement for repealed ObamaCare mandate

January 9, 2018

A proposal in Maryland would require people to pay a penalty for not having insurance. The money, though, could be used as a down payment for a health insurance plan.... Read more »

Maryland Health Care For All! Coalition Announces Health Insurance Down Payment Proposal To Protect And Improve The Affordable Care Act in Maryland

10:30AM January 9th House Office Building, Annapolis Rm 150 ... Read more »

Maryland to fight pharmacist ‘gag rule’ on drug costs

If Maryland succeeds, it would mean that pharmacies would be allowed to inform customers they can pay less for a drug out of pocket than through their insurance. ... Read more »

Maryland legislation targets pharmacist ‘gag rule’ in PBM contracts: 4 things to know

Maryland lawmakers want to eliminate a "gag rule" that forbids pharmacists from sharing better deals on prescription drugs with patients... Read more »