Among Americans who take prescription drugs, a quarter struggle to afford their medication. For those who are in poor health or have low incomes, the portion is even higher. These days, the rising cost of everyday goods and services is forcing more people to face difficult decisions and ask themselves: How can I pay for utilities, the groceries, or the medicine that’s keeping me alive? Now imagine that someone offers you financial assistance for the express purpose of paying for your medicine—problem apparently solved. But in a cruel twist, your health insurer pockets that assistance, without counting it toward your annual deductible or out-of-pocket maximum. That’s why the HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute, the Diabetes Leadership Council, and the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition filed suit in federal court, challenging the Trump-era federal government rule that allows insurers and pharmacy benefit managers to carry out this harmful practice.
We must make drugs more affordable: Patients going without meds can hike costs for the entire health care system
Falling ill in America is becoming increasingly unaffordable in a health care system that punishes the patient. Insurance companies and middlemen have taken away protections against health care discrimination and crushing out of pocket costs for people with complex and chronic conditions. Not only does this increase costs across the health care system, it also deters efforts to improve health equity and patient outcomes.
How Washington can save patients money on prescription drugs right now
There’s no question that our healthcare system is broken. Where there is disagreement is in how to fix it. Current proposals being considered by the Congress do little to address the out-of-pocket spending requirements and insurance company access restrictions that impose the biggest burdens on patients. Failing to address these issues would be a huge missed opportunity.
Enforcement needed to ensure health-plan compliance with HIV preventive drug requirement
As we begin 2021, almost everyone with private health insurance will have free access to drugs that prevent HIV infection, known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP. To start with, it is remarkable that such medications exist, and so important that health care coverage laws emphasize preventive services…
Three guiding principles for patient-centered decision-making in Washington for 2021
“Millions of patients most vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 are not only feeling left behind in 2020, but are facing more intense health and economic challenges as policymakers and regulators make one poor policy decision after another.”…