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Media Release: The Lower Drug Costs Now Act Takes Bold Action to Address the Skyrocketing Costs of Prescription Drugs in the US

September 24, 2019

Last week, House Democrats announced an ambitious plan to address the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs... Read more »

Funding Deal for Prescription Drug Board Close, Hogan Administration Says

September 11, 2019

An exchange of letters between the Hogan administration and the Maryland Health Care Commission appears to offer a path to fund and staff the state’s new Prescription Drug Advisory Board... Read more »

Critics Suggest Hogan Is Ignoring Key Elements of Prescription Drug Bill

August 29, 2019

The statute says very explicitly the board is independent and the board chair ‘shall hire an executive director, general counsel and staff.' It can’t be more clear than that.”... Read more »

Media Advisory: Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Applauds We PAID Act Introduced in Congress by Senator Chris Van Hollen

July 31, 2019

“The We PAID Act is a terrific idea that will bring down the cost of lifesaving prescription drugs for all Americans."... Read more »

Van Hollen, Cardin Introduce Empowering States To Address Drug Costs Act

July 25, 2019

WASHINGTON (WJZ) — U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin introduced the Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act on Wednesday, which could strengthen state efforts to lower prescription drug costs.... Read more »

Legislation Aimed at Helping States Rein in High Cost of Drugs

Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D) and Ben Cardin (D) have crafted the Empowering States to Address Drug Costs Act, a measure intended to provide states with average manufacturer price, best price and rebate calculation data under Medicaid...That information, the lawmakers said, will help prescription drug affordability boards... Read more »

Media Advisory: Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Urges State to Continue to Stabilize Premium Costs for Health Insurance Sold to Individuals and Small Businesses

July 16, 2019

Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative is urging the Maryland Insurance Administration to continue to protect consumers and stabilize premium costs for health insurance sold to individuals and small businesses in the state. The Insurance Administration is hearing testimony today on health insurance plans and premiums proposed by several providers.... Read more »

Maryland Reporter: State Roundup July 2

July 2, 2019

Maryland lawmakers, elected officials and advocates praised the novelty of a new law to create a board to review the prices of high-cost prescription drugs.... Read more »

Maryland Reporter: State Roundup July 1

July 1, 2019

The actions we are taking in Maryland are laudable and should send a strong message to Congress and the Trump administration that innovative, bi-partisan policies are possible, and the time to make real progress for people is now.... Read more »

New Maryland laws include police force for Johns Hopkins, procedures for student athletes

In an effort to cut the cost of prescription drugs, a law that has created Maryland’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board is going into effect.... Read more »