The nation’s first drug affordability board is set up in Maryland, but it has no money

Washington Post

22 August 2019 - Maryland’s presiding officers and its attorney general on Thursday announced the members of the nation’s first drug affordability board, but it’s unclear when the panel’s work will begin because Governor Larry Hogan has not released the money to pay for it.

The governor’s decision not to release funding for the new board is part of a protracted and bitter battle between Hogan and the Democratic-controlled legislature over budget priorities. 

Earlier this year, the legislature earmarked $245 million for dozens of programs, including school buildings and rape-kit testing, that the governor so far has refused to fund. State lawmakers set aside $750,000 for the drug affordability board.

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