Friday, October 7, 2022


Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.


Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.


Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.

Advocates Want Drug Board to Control Prescription Costs


Tuesday, January 29, 2019   

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland General Assembly will be reviewing legislation that would create a first-of-its-kind board to make high-cost prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders.

Many lawmakers have called it a life-or-death issue. Now they're proposing the 2019 Prescription Drug Affordability Board Act, which could bring relief to folks like Michele Hopkins, whose son has Type 1 diabetes.

Hopkins said she remembers paying less than $100 for her son's insulin medication several years ago. Now she is paying more than $600 for a three-month supply while being forced to deal with unknown generic brands covered by her insurance company.

"So the cost has extremely rocketed,” Hopkins said. “And it put the strain on the family, my family budget, in trying to make sure he gets his medication to stay alive. So, it's very stressful."

The issue is being pushed by the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative and has received bipartisan support, with the majority Democrats. If passed, the board would include five members who would identify and set fair payment rates and a maximum limit for drug prices.

Dozens of organizations have signed a petition urging the General Assembly to create a drug panel, including the NAACP, AARP and various mayors and county executives from across the state. Tammy Bresnahan is director of advocacy for AARP Maryland.

"One-in-four Marylanders report having difficulty paying for their prescription drugs,” Bresnahan said. “So that's why AARP Maryland is involved."

A bill creating a prescription price review board was considered during last year's legislative session, but did not advance. Democratic Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk of Prince George's County and Sen. Katherine Klausmeier of Baltimore County are the lead sponsors of the legislation.

Volunteer advocates at AARP Maryland plan to be on Capitol Hill today to urge Congress to help keep prescription meds affordable and accessible.

get more stories like this via email

In a recent lawsuit, a federal judge found nearly 10 examples in which the State of South Dakota had made it difficult for Native Americans to register to vote. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

This election season, South Dakota is starting to implement voting-access reforms in light of a recent settlement with Native American tribes…

Social Issues

Between rising inflation and the ups and downs of the stock market, it isn't surprising that folks are concerned about their own financial situation…

Social Issues

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees ahead of the surge in end-of-year holiday letters and packages for facilities in Michigan …

The average monthly Social Security benefit in August was $1,546. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The roughly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security income are expected to get a big boost in benefits, but advocates for the program are …

Social Issues

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills and her challenger, former Republican Gov. Paul LePage, both are courting votes from Maine's largest contingency -- …

Methane released into the atmosphere is responsible for at least 25% of current global warming, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. (


Ahead of revised methane regulations expected from the federal government, a new study shows that gas flaring in oil-producing states such as Texas …

Health and Wellness

Even for people who think they're too busy to exercise, experts say there's one surefire way to squeeze in a modest workout: walking. Although often …

Social Issues

Groups challenging the criminal consequences for failing to pay rent in Arkansas say they'll take another run at it, perhaps as a class-action …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021