Prescription Drugs

Solutions to improve COVID-19 vaccine access & protect intellectual property

On behalf of the patients we serve who are living with HIV, hepatitis, cancer, lupus, autoimmune diseases, and other serious chronic and complex conditions, we write to share recommendations to address global COVID-19 vaccine equity and access barriers. While we commend the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative for prioritizing efforts to improve vaccine access, it must not come at the expense of waiving intellectual property (IP) protections.  To do so would have unprecedented effects on future medical development.

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105 groups comment on the role of PBMs on patient access and affordability of prescription drugs

We, the undersigned 105 organizations, on behalf of millions of patients and Americans who live with complex conditions such as HIV, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, lupus, hemophilia, mental illness, and hepatitis write in response to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) request for public comment on the impact of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices on consumers.  Specifically, we offer comments on how PBMs impact the health and well-being of patients who receive their health coverage through the private insurance market.  While most people think insurers make the majority of decisions regarding health coverage and affordability, when it comes to prescription drugs, it is the PBMs that drive much of the decisions as to what medications a beneficiary can access and how much they pay for them.  We commend the FTC for its leadership to investigate the impact that PBM practices have on the patient communities we serve and believe this represents a critical step forward to improving patient access and affordability to necessary medications.

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Letter in support of Minnesota’s HF 3611 to require insurers to count copay assistance towards patient costs

The HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute is a leading HIV and hepatitis policy organization promoting quality and affordable healthcare for people living with or at risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other serious and chronic health conditions. We strongly support House File 3611 which would require health insurers to accept and count payments made on behalf of patients towards deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

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CMS responds to request for information regarding reporting on pharmacy benefits and prescription drug costs

On behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), thank you for the letter regarding the Request for Information (RFI) Regarding Reporting on Pharmacy Benefits and Prescription Drug Costs1. The 58 organizations that signed this correspondence are the voice for many individuals who rely on affordable prescription drugs to treat their health conditions and prevent others, and we appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

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Patient groups comment letter on 2023 health plan proposed rule

We, the undersigned 51 organizations, on behalf of millions of patients and American consumers who live with complex conditions such as HIV, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diabetes, lupus, hemophilia, mental illness, and hepatitis, write to comment on the Notice of Benefits and Payment Parameters for 2023 Proposed Rule. The patients we represent appreciate all you are doing to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for beneficiaries. While there are several components of the proposed rule that many of us will comment on elsewhere, this letter focuses on those issues that impact access and affordability of prescription drugs.

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