Importance of copay assistance in patient affordability of prescription drugs

NCL Advocacy Briefing: How the CMS best price rule harms patient assistance programs
May 17, 2022

Copay assistance provides a safety net to help patients afford and adhere to medically-necessary medications. But, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Best Price Rule, finalized by the Trump administration in 2020, threatens patient access to these critical programs. If implemented, the final rule would allow insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) to undermine copay assistance through copay accumulator adjustment programs that block patient assistance from counting towards a patient’s deductible and out-of-pocket cost-sharing requirements. Watch this virtual briefing to learn about the value of patient copay assistance programs and how you can get engaged to protect communities from the unintended consequences of the CMS Best Price Rule.

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