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Nation’s first drug affordability board becomes law today

July 1, 2019

A first-of-its-kind measure that created a state board in Maryland to cap payments for expensive prescription drugs becomes law today. ... Read more »

Media Advisory: Maryland Officials to Mark Launch of Prescription Drug Affordability Board Law

At the July 1st news conference, state and local officials will join policymakers and advocates from a variety of statewide organizations to celebrate the new law and discuss how it will lead to benefits for average Marylanders. The news conference will also feature Maryland residents who will share their stories about struggling to afford the medications they need. ... Read more »

Prescription drug board, other laws, take effect in Maryland

June 30, 2019

The law is a step toward creating an independent board with the authority to evaluate expensive drugs and recommend methods for addressing high costs.... Read more »

New laws take effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District

June 29, 2019

As of Monday, Maryland will become the first state in the country to create an oversight board charged with lowering prescription drug costs.... Read more »

Maryland Creates Prescription Drug Affordability Board for Setting Price Caps

June 22, 2019

The federal government has taken an acute interest in pharmaceutical drug pricing, resulting in a raft of hearings and draft legislation. States are getting on board too, with a Maryland law to go into effect on July 1, 2019, creating a Prescription Drug Affordability Board... Read more »

Hoyer, Brown Join Democratic Push to Strengthen Affordable Care Act

June 16, 2019

The General Assembly approved a measure this year to help expand access to health care by allowing people who are eligible for free or low-cost coverage to begin the process of getting covered by checking two boxes on their state tax returns.... Read more »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation to Become Law

May 24, 2019

Maryland legislation to create the nation’s first Prescription Drug Affordability Board will become law, giving the state a tool to establish maximum costs for certain drugs purchased by state and local governments. Governor Larry Hogan announced today he would neither veto nor sign the measure, which means it will go into effect July 1st.... Read more »

Maryland makes more progress on Obamacare rates — but there’s more to do

May 13, 2019

For the second year in a row, Marylanders who rely on the Obamacare exchange to buy health insurance have a chance to pay lower rates. ... Read more »

Advocates for Rx Affordability Attempt to Nudge Hogan With Poll

May 8, 2019

A poll released Tuesday found that Maryland residents strongly support a measure approved by the General Assembly this session designed to rein in the price of prescription drugs.... Read more »

If the states don’t treat pharma as a utility, it may be ‘lights out’ for too many patients

April 29, 2019

Earlier this month, legislators voted to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board, and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has until the end of May to either support or veto the measure.... Read more »