The Healthcare Huddle works on a wide range of issues, please see below for our Huddle’s priority legislation. To receive information about our next meeting and upcoming events, email

2019 Priority Legislation for Healthcare Huddle

  1. Prescription Drug Affordability Board– Advocating for creation of a new Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine how to make prescription drugs more affordable for Marylanders, including by: examining the entire drug supply chain, including the role of Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers (PBMs), and establishing payment rates for expensive drugs that create significant affordability problems for Marylanders, building upon Maryland’s successful tradition of health care cost scrutiny. This would be a first step in eliminating the incentives for raising the list price and could help lowerpatient cost-sharing. Prescriptions don’t work if people cannot afford to take them.
  2. Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option:Expanding options during terminal end of life care planning. Delegate Shane Pendergrass and Senator Will Smith are the legislative sponsors who will introduce the Richard E. Israel, Roger “Pip” Moyer End of Life Option Act.This legislation is just one more option to those who are declared terminally ill (patients eligible for hospice care under the state of Maryland six-month guideline).  The Maryland bill is modeled after Oregon’s 1994 Death with Dignity Act (ORS 127.8 ff), the nation’s first law authorizing mentally capable, terminally ill adults with 6 months or less to live to request a doctor’s prescription for medication they could decide to take to peacefully end their suffering if it became unbearable.
  3. Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program– Building on 2018’s successful state employee parental leave legislation and the 2016-17 Maryland Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance, this bill establishes a private sector family and medical leave insurance fund to provide partial wage replacement for employees who take unpaid leave to care for a new child or family member with a serious health condition, their own serious medical condition, or a family members deployment.
  4. Summer SNAP for Children– This bill would establish the Summer SNAP for Children, an efficient and effective strategy to reduce poverty and hunger, to provide low-income families with a supplement for food during the summer months of June, July, and August. (WISE Poverty Huddle Priority Legislation)
  5. Emergency HIV Preventative Medication for Rape/Sexual Assault Victims, this bill would provide rape survivors with n-PEP, emergency medication to prevent HIV without extensive co-pay or out of pocket cost to victim. (Women’s Issues Priority Legislation)
  6. Mandatory Training for Child Abuse Reporters- All front-line professionals such as educators, health and mental health practitioners, law enforcement personnel, and youth-serving workers in Maryland have a legal duty to report child abuse. Yet Maryland has no statewide requirement that mandated reporters be trained. The result is a patchwork of knowledge that varies drastically by profession and by employer. One result of these gaps in knowledge is that, year after year, many mandated reporters in Maryland simply fail to report child abuse.

Prescription Drug Affordability Board
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