Md. Lawmakers Push for Nation's First Prescription Drug Affordability Board - (U.S. News & World via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Maryland's legislature has passed legislation that would create a five-person drug affordability board in an effort to control drug prices, as reported US News & World Report Tuesday.

  • If signed by Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland would become the first state to institute price caps on prescription drugs.

  • The board would spend one year reviewing the management of medication costs in other states and developing recommendations for the state's Legislative Policy Committee regarding strategies for reducing drug costs.

  • As part of a last-minute change, the bill was amended to only apply to plans providing coverage to county and state government employees, while consumers will see the impact no earlier than 2021.

  • A similar bill passed in 2017 was ruled unconstitutional by Maryland's Supreme Court, which found that the measure would permit state Attorney General Brian Frosh to regulate commerce outside the state.

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