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  1. September 24, 2015

    NPAF Encourages Telehealth Services for Patients with Transportation Needs

    Citing lack of transportation as one of the top concerns of the patients served by the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand telehealth services as an important way to ensure that patients get the care they need.

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  2. September 22, 2015

    NPAF Applauds Bill to Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

    National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) today applauded Congress for passing legislation that will require hospitals to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but have not been admitted to the hospital.  Called the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act or simply the NOTICE Act, the law requires  hospitals to provide written notification to patients 24 hours after receiving observation care, explaining that they have not been admitted to the hospital, the reasons why, and the potential financial implication.

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  3. July 21, 2015

    NPAF Praises Introduction of the Cancer Drug Coverage Act

    National Patient Advocate Foundation today praised the introduction of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act by Representatives Leonard Lance (NJ-7) and Brian Higgins (NY-26) in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Al Franken (D-MN) in the U.S. Senate.  The bipartisan legislation would make oral anti-cancer medications more affordable for patients by requiring insurance plans that already provide coverage for chemotherapy delivered through an IV to provide comparable coverage for anti-cancer medications given as a pill.

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  4. July 21, 2015

    Advocates Mobilize Against Step Therapy in NC

    Advocates here mobilized today against step therapy, a dangerous practice in which insurers require patients to "fail first" on a medication before they can access their preferred, prescribed treatment.

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  5. July 21, 2015

    NPAF Asks Congress to Protect Mammogram Access

    Today, the National Patient Advocate Foundation joined with other advocacy organizations on a petition urging Congress to block draft recommendations that could limit women's access to life-saving breast cancer screenings. The draft recommendations proposed by the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) give annual mammograms for women ages 40-49 a "C" grade, meaning most of these women do not need an annual exam and should talk to their doctor.

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