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Maryland lawmakers consider implementing penalties for parents who don’t get their kids dental screenings under in-progress bill

James Sklar | Feb 23, 2023 | Maryland

On Jan. 25th, Dels. Heather Bagnall (D – Anne Arundel), Dana Jones (D – Anne Arundel), Sheila Ruth (D – Baltimore), Gary Simmons (D – Anne Arundel), Deni Taveras (D – Prince George’s), and Jennifer White (D – Baltimore) introduced House Bill 290, which concerns dental services in the state...[ Read More ]

Maryland’s House health committee holds hearing on legislation to protect gender-affirming care

James Sklar | Feb 22, 2023 | Maryland

On Jan. 25th, Del. Anne Kaiser (D -Silver Springs) introduced House Bill 283, also known as Trans Health Equity Act. The bill would require Maryland’s Medicaid program to cover gender-affirming treatment in a nondiscriminatory manner.     On Feb. 14th, Kaiser spoke to the House Health and Government Operations Committee...[ Read More ]

Governors from 20 states announce Reproductive Freedom Alliance

| Feb 21, 2023 | California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan

Governors from 20 states announced the creation of the Reproductive Freedom Alliance on Tuesday.     The alliance is a non-partisan coalition of 20 governors committed to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom in their states, and is the largest such coalition ever convened. The alliance will work together to strengthen...[ Read More ]

Health-related highlights from Maryland Gov. Moore’s 2024 budget

James Sklar | Feb 17, 2023 | Maryland

Gov. Wes Moore's win puts the governorship back in Democrats' hands after two terms of Republican control, which put Maryland Democrats in full control of the state’s government.      During Moore’s State of the State address, he hinted at his legislative agenda, which includes healthcare-related items like addressing Maryland’s...[ Read More ]

An overview of Maryland’s Prescription Drug Affordability Board and the new legislative effort to continue its existence

James Sklar | Feb 17, 2023 | Maryland

Maryland lawmakers, like their federal counterparts, are focused on addressing the growing cost of prescription drugs. One approach that is being recognized at the state level is the establishment of Prescription Drug Affordability Boards (PDAB).     PDABs are independent bodies empowered to analyze the high cost of drugs, impose...[ Read More ]

Maryland House of Delegates health committee approves bills to establish Drug Affordability Board, Commission on Public Health

James Sklar | Feb 14, 2023 | Maryland

On Friday, Maryland’s House Health and Government Operations Committee conducted its first votes of the new legislative term. The committee took up three bills: House Bills 214, 279, and 611.     Del. Ariana B. Kelly (D – Montgomery) discussed HB 214, which would establish a Commission on Public Health...[ Read More ]