ANNAPOLIS - Legislation to continue the Maryland Medbank Program appears destined for approval as all 141 House members have signed on as co-sponsors.
The bill's lead sponsor, Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, presented the measure Thursday to the House Health and Government Operations Committee. The Senate approved a companion bill in January.
Medbank supplies prescription medications to low-income Marylanders who lack other prescription drug coverage. It began as a pilot program "in a tobacco warehouse in Hagerstown," Donoghue told the committee, and since its inception in 2000 has distributed $90 million in free medication to 32,000 patients statewide.
The original legislation included a June 30, 2005, termination date. It was extended last year to June 30, 2006. Donoghue's bill removes the termination date.