- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Gov. Martin O’Malley introduced a supplemental budget yesterday with $20 million to help address problems at the Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The hospital has had financial problems for years and is facing serious budget troubles that could force it to close.

Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat, is offering an alternative. If lawmakers agree, the $20 million would be the first installment in a long-term plan. Otherwise, the money would be used for an orderly closure of the hospital.

To turn things around, the hospital needs $404 million. Mr. O’Malley’s plan would have the state provide 44 percent, or $176 million. Prince George’s County would pay the rest, about $227 million.

• Four-year drug plan approved

The Board of Public works yesterday approved a $1.1 billion contract for a new prescription-drug plan for state employees.

The four-year contract is with a Rockville company called Catalyst RX Inc.

The plan takes effect in July. It will affect about 205,000 state employees.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, a Democrat, said the contract went through an exhaustive process, including considerations of price, technical expertise and effectiveness for state workers.

The Board of Public Works includes Mr. O’Malley, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp.

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