UnitedHealthcare says it will pass on rebates from drug companies to consumers

In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation's largest health insurers, said on Tuesday that it would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers. Dan Schumacher, the president of UnitedHealthcare, said the new policy will apply to more than seven million people who are enrolled in the company's fully insured plans, beginning next year. (NY Times)

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Gene Ransom: The Gag rule needs to be broken

Physicians and other medical health professionals share concern with their patient’s over the rising cost of healthcare.  As insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles continue to rise, patients feel the pain, and they feel it acutely at their local pharmacy counter.  A regimen of life-changing prescription medications should not be a source of stress and anxiety.

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Zachary Mills: National School Breakfast Week

Bringing great food to my community is my pride and joy. As a chef, I spend countless hours considering how best to prepare and showcase ingredients to provide my guests with a dining experience they’ll remember. This week is National School Breakfast Week – a great time to tell you more about someone who has worked just as tirelessly to make sure her students get a healthy meal at school each and every morning.

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Craft Brewers Legislation in Annapolis

Last Friday, General Assembly committees considered dueling bills on “craft brewers.”  On one side was the Task Force empaneled by Comptroller Peter Franchot and his much ballyhooed “Reform The Tap” bill; the other was a proposal by Delegates Davis and Branch to repeal 2017 legislation on craft brewers which has been roundly criticized by Franchot as a knife in the back to the brewing industry despite the fact that it liberalized rules requested by the craft brewers.

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Express Scripts goes right ahead and makes PhRMA's point

PhRMA has long pointed out that drug spending is among the smallest and slowest-growing facets of U.S. health care expenditures, and the industry's latest tack is that drugs that work actually save the system money by reducing hospitalizations and forestalling surgeries. (The Readout)

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Patients overpaying for prescriptions: save money by asking this one question

You could be overpaying for your prescriptions and have no idea. In some cases, pharmacists can't tell you you're paying too much. Even if they wanted to, confidentiality agreements restrict them from notifying consumers of a cheaper price. This practice is called a clawback and Baltimore County Delegate Eric Bromwell likens it to theft. (WMAR-TV)

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Gene M. Ransom III: Marylanders of All Ages Should Talk to Their Doctors About Getting Vaccinated

As we enter fall, parents around Maryland have sent their children into the school year with everything they need to succeed, including their required school vaccinations. But immunizations aren’t just for our children – they are a lifelong, year-round medical necessity, and a critical public health tool for protecting against a broad range of dangerous and potentially deadly illnesses.

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Wendy Davis Interview Series: Episode 2

In this second of a two-part interview, Wendy Davis shares with KOFA Managing Partner Jamie Fontaine her thoughts on Betsy DeVos’ proposed dismantling of Title IX. 

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