Compromise Made On Pensions, Prescription Drugs In Maryland | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Compromise Made On Pensions, Prescription Drugs In Maryland

Play associated audio

A move toward the middle -- seen as a significant step between the governor and the legislature to shore up the state's long-term fiscal health. The compromise worked out Monday addresses one of the trickiest budget hurdles between the two houses.

The panel settled on retiree prescription drug changes that will raise out-of-pocket expenses, but not as much as had been considered.

Currently, out-of-pocket expenses are capped at $700 a year. But that will rise to $1,500 for the retiree and $2,000 for a couple. The panel had been considering an out-of-pocket expense of $2,000 for the retiree and $3,000 for a couple.

The panel also decided to create a cost-of-living adjustment between 1 percent and 2.5 percent for retirees, but only to adjust for inflation.

NPR

The World Music Education of Philip Glass

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.
NPR

PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
NPR

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
NPR

As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.