Contact: Vincent DeMarco, 410-591-9162
Health Care Advocates Win Major Support from Faith Leaders for Prescription Drug Affordability Board Legislation
Faith Leaders to announce their support in Annapolis Feb. 14
What: Kick-off event and announcement of support from state faith leaders
Who: Statewide and Regional Faith Leaders
Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (Baltimore County) Lead Senate Sponsor
Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties) Lead House Sponsor
Marylanders Hurt By High Cost of Prescription Drugs
Vincent DeMarco, president, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
When: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, 12 noon
Where: Room 142 House Office Building, 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, Md., 21401
Faith leaders from across the state will endorse legislation in the General Assembly to create the Prescription Drug Affordability Board to set fair and affordable costs for some medications. The bill numbers are SB 759 and HB 768.
“Too many people in Maryland struggle to pay for the prescription drugs they need to lead healthy lives, and faith leaders are standing with them to support the legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative, the lead group advocating for the measure. “Drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them, and this board will protect the public by setting fair and affordable costs for lifesaving medications.”
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Katherine Klausmeier (Baltimore County) as Senate Bill 759 and Del. Joseline Peña-Melnyk (Prince George’s) as House Bill 768, has wide support among the public and elected leaders from around Maryland. The legislation also has bipartisan backing in the General Assembly, over 100 co-sponsors signing on in support.
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