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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