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  1. June 24, 2015

    NPAF Holds Semiannual Policy Consortium on Medical Cost, Debt

    National Patient Advocate Foundation held its semiannual Policy Consortium today, choosing for its topic the impact of medical costs and debt on patients nationwide. Speakers included experts from both the executive and legislative branches, as well from some of the most prestigious and knowledgeable institutions in the nation. 

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  2. May 6, 2015

    NPAF Applauds the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act

    The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) today applauded the introduction of the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (S.624). This bill would eliminate Part B coinsurance requirements in the Medicare program that currently require beneficiaries to pay a 20 percent coinsurance when a polyp or abnormal growth is removed preventatively by a doctor during a screening procedure, often unbeknownst to the patient who is not awake at the time.

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  3. May 6, 2015

    North Carolina House Passes Oral Parity Bill

    Patient advocates here applauded members of the North Carolina House of Representatives as they passed H306, the North Carolina Cancer Treatment Fairness Act. The bill will now move to the North Carolina Senate before it can become law. The bill would require insurance plans that already provide coverage for chemotherapy delivered through an IV to provide comparable coverage for chemotherapy given a a pill.  Thirty-eight states plus DC have already enacted similar legislation.

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  4. May 6, 2015

    IL House Passes Step Therapy Legislation

    HB 3549, sponsored by Representative Laura Fine, puts limits on step therapy and fail first protocols.  These insurance industry practices force patients to try-- and fail-- on a series of medications before being allowed to use the prescription recommended by their doctor.  This pervasive practice can be required even when the prescribed drug is medically more appropriate for a patient's condition.

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  5. May 5, 2015

    NPAF Works for Cancer Patients in North Carolina

    Volunteers and staff for the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina to urge legislators to support oral parity for cancer patients. "Oral chemotherapy products represent the future of cancer treatment.  They are easier to administer, they often have fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapy and they can reduce the number of times that patients need to travel to a doctor's office because they can be taken in the home," said Jason Ranville, NPAF Director of State Government Relations.

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  6. April 17, 2015

    NPAF Supports Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act

    National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) joined 40 other national organizations today in support of the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act of 2015, sponsored by Senators Al Franken (D-MN) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA). The legislation would provide Medicare coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program to individuals at high risk of developing the disease.

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