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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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