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  1. June 25, 2015

    NPAF Volunteers Lobby for Oral Parity in PA

    Patient advocates gathered here today in support of legislation that would improve access to crucial anti-cancer medications for patients throughout Pennsylvania. SB 536 would require insurance plans that already provide coverage for chemotherapy delivered through an IV to provide comparable coverage for anti-cancer medications given as a pill. Thirty-nine states plus DC have already enacted similar legislation.

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  2. June 24, 2015

    NPAF urges Sec. Burwell to enforce patient protections

    In response to the troubling experiences reported by many patients to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), NPAF joined with other patient groups to urge HHS Secretary Syliva Mathews Burwell to strictly enforce patient protections in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs). As outlined in the 2015 Patient Data Analysis Report, many PAF patients with insurance still find themselves dealing with medical debt, often because of plans with high deductibles and narrow networks.

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  3. June 24, 2015

    NPAF CEO Alan Balch selected for LAN Guiding Committee

    National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) is pleased to announce that its CEO, Dr. Alan Balch, has been selected as a member of the Guiding Committee of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (“the LAN”), a unique public-private partnership designed to accelerate progress toward alternative payment models that emphasize value.

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  4. June 24, 2015

    NPAF Volunteer Honored as Breakaway from Cancer Champion

    Shelby Adams, NPAF Nevada State Project Leader, has been named one of ten Breakaway from Cancer Champions following a nationwide search to seek out those that have made positive and inspirational impact on the cancer population. Champions will be featured at Breakaway from Cancer events accompanying Amgen’s Tour of California, a cycling road race held in California.

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  5. June 24, 2015

    NPAF Holds Advocacy Training in Portland, OR

    Thirty NPAF volunteers participated in high-level advocacy training this week in Portland, Oregon, reviewing legislative and lobbying techniques to advance the patient's voice nationwide. During the two-day event, volunteers attended training sessions and heard from high-level issue and advocacy experts, who also presided over the mock lobbying session in which the event culminated.

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  6. June 24, 2015

    Minnesota Family Shares Their Story on Capitol Hill

    Cathy and Dan Maccoux from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota addressed the NPAF semiannual Policy Consortium this week, detailing their family's twenty-year struggle against medical debt and credit reports. Two of the couple's daughters, Traci and Olivia, have debilitating, chronic conditions that placed them in the hospital often concurrently throughout their childhood.

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