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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 »

Maryland weighs new approach to curbing prescription drug costs

February 20, 2018

Washington Post February 16, 2018 Josh Hicks A Maryland bill that would make the state a national test case for controlling prescription drug costs has garnered broad legislative support in Annapolis but could put the state on a legal collision course with the pharmaceutical industry. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Joan Carter Conway (D-Baltimore City) […]... Read more »

Citizens Group Pushing For Bill to Control Prescription Drug Costs

February 16, 2018

“Legislators don’t need us to tell [them] that this is a problem. They hear from their constituents that prescription drug prices are way too high,” he says.... Read more »

Attorney General Brian Frosh endorses Rx Cost Commission

February 5, 2018

"...The lives and health of Marylanders, and people all over the country, are threatened when the prices of medicine upon which they depend to survive and thrive are raised beyond their ability to pay. Establishing a commission to monitor and oversee those prices is an important step to take..."... Read more »

Maryland to fight pharmacist ‘gag rule’ on drug costs

January 9, 2018

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 »

Before Annapolis Summit, 3 more podcast episodes

January 4, 2018

The Daily Record  January 2, 2018 As we approach the 2018 Annapolis Summit, our annual event to mark the first day of the legislative session, we’ve got more podcasts from our partner, the Marc Steiner Show, to share. The 15th Annual Annapolis Summit will be held on the first day of the Maryland General Assembly session, from 7:30 […]... Read more »

Poll: prescription drug pricing legislation has support in Md. swing districts

December 29, 2017

A push to expand Maryland’s ability to control prescription drug prices released a poll Thursday that advocates said shows strong support for the effort in swing legislative districts.... Read more »

Open enrollment in Obamacare in Maryland ends today

December 22, 2017

Baltimore Sun/Capitol Gazette Meredith Cohn Dec 22, 2017 With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ending in a little over a week, here’s some things to keep in mind. Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act came to a close in Maryland on Friday with about the same number of enrollees as last […]... Read more »

How blue states might save Obamacare’s markets

December 18, 2017

A state-level mandate "has been high on our list ever since the threat began to the Affordable Care Act in Washington," said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative, a consumer advocacy group.... Read more »

Maryland’s deadline to enroll in ACA health coverage nears

December 14, 2017

Herald-Mail Georgia Slater December 6, 2017 ANNAPOLIS — A series of “last chance” events are scheduled for this weekend to help Marylanders enroll in Affordable Care Act health care coverage for 2018 before the Dec 15. deadline. Free events are planned Dec. 8-10 at 18 locations throughout the state, including Hagerstown. At these events, trained […]... Read more »