Jealous backs prescription drug affordability measures
Goal is to ensure transparency and accountability
Posted: 8:32 AM, Sep 18, 2018
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<p>WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 29: President and CEO of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous speaks during a National Press Club luncheon August 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. Jealous discussed on various topics including the issues raised in the trial of George Zimmerman over the killing of Trayvon Martin. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)</p>
Democrat Ben Jealous is supporting proposals aimed at making prescription drugs more affordable in Maryland.
Jealous, who is running for governor, announced his support for the measures Monday at a news conference.
He is backing legislation to create a state board to focus on ensuring transparency and accountability in prescription drug pricing. He says companies would be required to provide advance notice before increasing prices and explain why.
Jealous also wants to create a drug spending cap for Medicaid and allow Maryland residents to get prescription drugs cheaper in Canada.
Jealous says the time has come to "courageously take on the pharmaceutical industry." He says Maryland residents "desperately need relief from skyrocketing prescription drug costs."
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