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  1. July 16, 2015

    Bill Broadens Access to Home Health Care

    Noting the need for a broader range of care providers for home health providers, particularly for Medicare patients, the National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) today praised the Home Health Care Planning & Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578).

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  2. July 16, 2015

    Patient Groups Encourage CMS to Post Accurate OOP Costs

    More than 103 patient, provider and consumer organizations jointly encouraged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to include accurate drug-specific out-of-pocket (OOP) costs in the proposed cost estimator under development for the federally-facilitated marketplace for the 2016 enrollment period.

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  3. July 16, 2015

    Patient Coalition Praises the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015

    Members of the Patient Access to Community Treatment coalition praised the Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2015 for ensuring that patients have proper access to community care. Introduced by Representatives Renee Ellmers and Steve Israel, the Cancer Patient Protection Act (HR 1416) would temporarily remove the application of Medicare sequester cuts on Part B drugs while gathering additional research to determine sequestration's affect on patient access.

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  4. July 16, 2015

    CA Committee Considers Specialty Tiers Legislation

    The California Senate is considering a bill that would limit patients' out-of-pocket costs for drugs on the specialty tier. The bill was most recently referred to the Senate Health Committee. Once drugs are placed on this tier, patients no longer can pay just a simple copay amount. Instead, they must pay a percentage of the cost of the drug, which can cost hundreds, if not thousands, per prescription.

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  5. July 15, 2015

    NPAF Applauds Reintroduction of the Patients' Access to Treatment Act

    National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) today praised Reps. David McKinley and Lois Capps for their leadership in sponsoring the HR 1600, the Patients' Access to Treatment Act. The Patients' Access to Treatment Act would lessen the financial burden on patients by requiring commercial health plans to limit cost-sharing requirements for specialty drug tiers.

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  6. July 15, 2015

    Patient Advocates Rally to Pass 21st Century Cures

    The 21st Century Cures Act, which National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) made the focus of its annual Patient Congress, passed the House of Representatives today by a vote of 344-77. NPAF volunteers lobbied their legislators to support the bill, sharing their personal stories about how medical innovation saved their lives. Altogether, advocates contacted 122 different Congressional districts in support of the legislation.

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