Health Care

Consumer Groups Say Medical Debt Bill Is a First Step, But More Is Needed

The Maryland Senate gave its unanimous support on Thursday to a bill that would help rein in hospital debt collection efforts that critics have...

Senate Passes Bill to Decriminalize Hypodermic Needles, Other Drug Paraphernalia

The Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would decriminalize the possession and distribution of drug paraphernalia — including hypodermic needles and syringes.“All this bill...
Medical Debt

Councilwoman: Patients Not Consumers — My Family’s Medical Debt Story

In summer 2006, my husband Chris sought emergency medical treatment at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for severe chest pain. While he was...

Bill to Protect Patients From Hospital Collection Efforts Advances

People who have unpaid hospital bills would gain some protection from lawsuits and collection actions under a measure approved by a House committee on...
VA

Opinion: Southern Maryland Needs a VA Medical Center

A 2020 study conducted by the Maryland Department of Veteran Affairs found that Southern Maryland has nearly 40,000 residents who are military veterans. Unfortunately,...

Senators Press State Insurance Chief About Her Views on Abortion, LGBTQ Rights

The confirmation process has been fairly sedate for most of Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.'s nominees for state posts, judgeships and commission members this...

Opinion: Pass the PFAS Protection Act

You may have heard of the toxic chemicals used in Teflon, but you may not know that these largely unregulated “PFAS” (short for polyfluoroalkyl...

Public Health Bills That Address an Array of Challenges Pass in House

The House of Delegates passed several bills Friday designed to bolster the state's public health system. Some measures were born of the COVID-19 pandemic,...
Pharmacists

Opinion: Allow State’s Pharmacists to Administer All FDA-Approved Vaccinations

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed an unprecedented strain on the health care system in Maryland, which has led to decreased access to health care...

Hogan Lifts Restrictions on Restaurants, Gatherings; Local Reaction is Mixed

Almost a year to the day after he imposed a COVID-19 emergency order, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) on Tuesday lifted most of...