ANNAPOLIS - A bill to create a permanent funding source for a program that provides free prescription drugs to low income Marylanders crept a little closer to becoming law on Wednesday as advocates presented their case to a receptive Senate Finance Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, would pay for Medbank of Maryland with federal grants for which the state will be eligible next year through the Medicare program.
Through Medbank, pharmacies send prescription drugs directly to the agency, which then distributes them directly to doctors.
Medbank began as a pilot program in Hagerstown through Walnut Street Family Practice, a division of the Washington County Health System.