2023 Maryland Legislative Session Summary

Victory in the fight against cancer requires bold new public policies that promote cancer prevention, early detection of cancer, and expand access to quality, affordable health care. Lawmakers make many decisions that impact the lives of Marylanders impacted by cancer, and the leadership of elected officials is vital to defeating this disease.
In 2023 the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) worked with the Maryland General Assembly in support of the following priorities:

Ensuring Access to Quality Care

· Biomarker Testing Coverage: Biomarker insurance coverage legislation passed both houses and is awaiting delivery to the Governor. The bill provides full coverage (not just cancer) and will apply to private insurers beginning Jan. 2024; and Medicaid beginning July 2025. During that time studies will be done on outreach to minority communities and the fiscal impact of public sector coverage.

· Prohibiting Co-Pays for Breast Exams: Legislation would prohibit insurance carriers that provide coverage for a “diagnostic breast examination” or a “supplemental breast examination” from imposing a co-pay, co-insurance or deductible requirement.

· Requiring Diagnostic Coverage: Legislation would require carriers to provide coverage for recommended follow-up diagnostic imaging to assist in the diagnosis of lung cancer.

· Health Coverage Expansion: Bills expanding health insurance coverage through various methods passed and are awaiting Governor’s consideration.

· Baltimore Hope Lodge: $250,000 was pre-authorized by the General Assembly for FY25


Cancer Prevention and Early Detection

· $5M for the Pediatric Cancer Fund
· Cancer Moonshot Initiative funding remained at $8.3M for UMMS and $1.7 for JHU

Reducing the Toll of Tobacco

· Cannabis Reform: An attempt to allow designated cannabis on-site consumption locations to be exempt from Maryland’s Clean Indoor Air Act was beaten back. Smoking cannabis would be allowed only outdoors on premise.

· $5M for the Cannabis Public Health Fund

· The Maryland Cancer Fund and Cigarette Restitution Fund saw increases in funding.


For more information, contact: Lance Kilpatrick, MD/DE/DC Government Relations Director ACS CAN
[email protected] 410.547.2143
ACS CAN is making cancer a top priority for public officials and candidates at the federal, state, and local levels. ACS CAN empowers advocates across the country to make their voices heard and influence evidence-based public policy change as well as legislative and regulatory solutions that will reduce the cancer burden. As the American Cancer Society’s nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN is critical to the fight for a world without cancer. For more information, please visit www.fightcancer.org.