Information via Media Advisory earlier today:
Executive Ball to lend support to Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Legislation
ELLICOTT CITY – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will demonstrate his support of proposed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board along with the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative and other local leaders at an event in Cambridge MD tomorrow. The effort is intended to make drug costs more affordable for people of Howard County and all Marylanders through a Board that will review and establish fair and affordable drug costs for Marylanders. To view a livestream of this press conference, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/mdhealthcareforall
“Howard County has been and will continue to be at the forefront of health care innovations for our residents with initiatives such as ‘Healthy Howard’ – a holistic approach to providing health care to our uninsured that predated the ACA,” said Ball. “Today, we are proud to support Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative’s proposed legislation to create a Prescription Drug Affordability Board to control soaring drug costs. Prescription drug prices are hurting people across Howard County and we need to stand up and speak up to help all Marylanders afford their medications.”
Already in Maryland, state agencies review and approve costs for such things as health insurance and the rates hospitals can charge for services.
“We are thrilled to have the support of these forward-looking local leaders. They will stand with us as we fight for the people of Maryland to bring down the costs of lifesaving drugs,” said Vincent DeMarco, president of the Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative. “Too many Marylanders struggle to afford the drugs they need, and it’s time for the General Assembly to act. Drugs don’t work if people can’t afford them.”
WHAT: Local leaders will endorse legislation to establish a Prescription Drug Affordability Board
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m.
- Howard County Executive Calvin Ball
- Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, House of Delegates Lead Sponsor
- Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman
- Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski
- Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner
- Harford County Executive Barry Glassman
- Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich
- Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks
- Wandra Ashley-Williams, Vice President, Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches
- James Campbell, President, AARP Maryland
- Vincent DeMarco, President, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative
WHERE: Cambridge House, Hyatt Regency, 100 Heron Blvd., at Route 50, Cambridge, MD 21613
I am interested to see what “fair and affordable drug costs” means to the board if established. I hope they are able to really do something about this issue…because the cost of some prescription drugs is outside of what many can afford.