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  1. June 29, 2015

    Texas Passes Patient Protections

    Governor Abbott signed into law today two patient-friendly bills that will help millions of patients afford necessary medications and promote transparency in the insurance market. HB 1621 will ensure that patients retain their coverage and keep their medications while they appeal an adverse coverage decision.  This change ensures that patients who receive a negative decision don't have a lapse in coverage while wading through bureaucracy.

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  2. June 26, 2015

    NPAF Holds 16th Annual Patient Congress

    Over 80 patient advocates gathered here this week during NPAF's 16th annual Patient Congress to advocate on behalf of medical debt relief and increased funding for medical research. During the two-day conference, advocates learned from experts in government and advocacy on how best to "amplify the patient's voice," ensuring patient representation in the legislative and regulatory process.

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  3. June 26, 2015

    NPAF Lauds the Personalize Your Care Act of 2015

    NPAF today praised the Personalize Your Care Act of 2015 as legislation that would "not only improve individual patients' care, but also improve population health." Introduced by Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Phil Roe, M.D, the Personalize Your Care Act of 2015 would provide Medicare and Medicaid coverage for advanced care planning every five years or in the event of a change in health status, and the development of quality measures that measure concordance among the individual's goals, values and preferences.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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