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Two Maryland bills are the state’s latest attempt to rein in drug prices

March 7, 2019

On Wednesday in Annapolis, committees in the state Senate and House of Delegates will hold hearings on bills... Read more »

Here’s a way Maryland can stabilize Obamacare, despite federal sabotage

March 5, 2019

As the Trump administration has torn holes in the Affordable Care Act, Maryland and a handful of other states have repaired the policy fabric within their borders — and achieved stability in their individual health-care markets. With tangible success in hand, the state’s General Assembly should now double down.... Read more »

Health groups back health insurance down payment insurance plan in MD

February 13, 2019

Supporters say it’s a creative way of trying to protect the federal Affordable Care Act in Maryland... Read more »

Maryland cigarette and alcohol taxes were the right move for public health

December 22, 2018

The decline in tobacco use, which causes a third of heart-disease-related deaths, has had enormous health benefits. Higher cigarette taxes deserve much of the credit; similarly, increasing duties on alcohol can reduce binge drinking.... Read more »

Maryland’s ingenious plan to fix Obamacare

March 23, 2018

Maryland can show other states how to make the Obamacare system work. It should embrace the opportunity.... Read more »

Here’s why Maryland needs a Basic Health Plan

February 22, 2018

Washington Post February 22, 2018 Op-Ed-Delegate Robbyn Lewis Health care is a human right. Without universal access to quality, affordable health care, nothing else matters. Children need good health to learn and grow, and working adults need it to be engaged, creative and productive citizens. Unfortunately, Republicans are using their control of the federal government […]... 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 »

With Obama’s federal mandate disappearing, Md. Democrats push ‘down payment’ plan

January 10, 2018

Proponents of the plan said they’re hopeful that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) will support it, noting he was one of 10 Republican governors who signed a letter to Congress last year opposing GOP plans to eliminate the federal insurance mandate.... Read more »

Don’t let pharma take down a new Maryland price gouging law

September 11, 2017

Washington Post Jeremy A. Greene – Op-Ed September 8th 2017 Jeremy A. Greene is a professor of medicine and the history of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of “Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine.” In May, Maryland became the first state to take action against the alarming trend […]... Read more »

Maryland panel to monitor health-care overhaul efforts meets for first time

August 3, 2017

Washington Post August 2, 2017 Fenit Nirappil A Maryland state panel established by lawmakers to monitor and respond to Republican attempts to overhaul the health-care system met for the first time Tuesday, hearing testimony about the effects that legislation in Congress would have locally. The Maryland Health Insurance Coverage Protection Commission, co-chaired by Sen. Brian […]... Read more »