Help DTMG Support Maryland health care bills

DTMG supported five health care bills in the 2019 Maryland Legislative Session and four of them have passed both chambers. Now we need the Governor to sign them into law, so please contact Governor Hogan’s Office now!

Prescription Drug Affordability Board (HB0768) creates a board that, with the approval of the Legislative Policy Committee, will have the authority to set upper payment limits on what state and local governments pay for high cost drugs. It will evaluate new prescription drugs that cost more than $30,000 annually for the course of treatment or have increased by $300 annually.  HB 768 also sets up a process by which the Board can go back to the General Assembly to get the authority to set upper payment limits for high cost drugs for all drug purchasers in Maryland. We need this because the high cost of prescription drugs is making it difficult for us to afford necessary medications and is driving up the cost of our premiums. Marylanders are leading the charge against pharmaceutical manufacturers with this bill.

Status: Almost there! This bill has passed in both chambers. Now it’s up to the Governor Hogan to sign it.

Action: Use this special link to write to the Governor in support of HB768.

Maryland Health Insurance Option (Protect Maryland Health Care Act of 2019) (HB0814 and SB0802) will allow the state to enact a penalty for those who choose not to get health care coverage in Maryland, essentially restoring in Maryland the individual mandate that had been part of the ACA.   The bill then allows the penalty money to be used to buy low-cost insurance.  The Maryland Health Insurance Exchange will automatically enroll the consumer in an Affordable Care Act insurance plan that costs no more than the mandated penalty plus any federal subsidy that the consumer qualifies for.  The consumer can opt-out if they wish.

Status: Success! The bill passed in both chambers. Now we need the Governor to sign it!

Action: Send a thank you message.

Health Insurance Consumer Protections Bill (HB0697 and SB0868) Among other things, this bill will prevent insurers from rejecting or dropping persons with preexisting conditions. DTMG submitted testimony for this bill to both the House and Senate committees.

Status: Success! The bill has passed both chambers.

Health Insurance – Individual Market Stabilization – Provider Fee (HB0258 and SB0239) This bill will allow the state to tax insurance providers whenever the Federal government fails to tax them according to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  The monies that will be collected will go into the Maryland Reinsurance fund, which helps lower the price of insurance in Maryland.

Status: Passed in both Chambers!
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Overdose and Infectious Disease Prevention Site Program – (HB0139 and SB0135) This bill would reduce overdose deaths and the transmission of infectious disease by establishing safe places for people who are addicted to opioids to self-administer pre-obtained drugs, providing sterile needles, and  administering first aid and provide certain other services.

Status: This bill was withdrawn following an unfavorable committee report.

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