Sharon Stanley Merriweather

Daily Record Staff//May 9, 2023

Sharon Stanley Merriweather

By Daily Record Staff

//May 9, 2023

Sharon Stanley Merriweather


Principal Counsel, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange
Maryland Office of the Attorney General

What is your most significant accomplishment?

As an assistant attorney general, I have had the opportunity to serve and protect the state of Maryland, its citizens and employees in various capacities, from prosecuting environmental crimes to representing the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit.

One accomplishment stands out. In 2009, while working at the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Employees Benefit Division, I represented the state from solicitation development to the successful defense of a protest (appeal), in a complex and contentious $2.4 billion contract for state employees’ prescription drug benefits. Prescription benefit managers (PBM) are intermediaries that negotiate and manage prescription drug benefits for health insurers and employers. The state uses a PBM to administer its state employee and retiree drug prescription plan that serves over 200,000 state government workers and retirees. I assisted DBM in developing a solicitation that required the PBM vendor to divulge all drug manufacturer rebates, refunds and discounts, and to pass through all drug manufacturer savings to Maryland. After a contract awardee was recommended, the incumbent PBM vendor initiated a contentious appeal of the solicitation and contract recommendation. I successfully defended DBM’s solicitation and award recommendation at the Board of Contract Appeals.

This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.


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