NPAF Releases 2016 Policy Principles
2016-02-12 | February 10, 2016
(Washington, DC) NPAF today released its annual Policy Principles document, which catalogs the issues the organization has found to be most pressing to patients and their related policy recommendations.
Organized under the broad categories of affordability, access and quality, each chapter includes a summary of the policy matter, a mission statement and, when appropriate, a federal and a state plan for the year.
“We serve the patients who are wondering how they are going to get to their next appointment, or whether their insurance has changed their coverage again, of if they will have to sell their house because of their hospital bill,” said Alan Balch, PhD, NPAF CEO. “When we write the Policy Principles, we try to identify the reforms that would directly make these patients’ lives easier on a daily basis.”
NPAF identified 20 different areas in which patients would most benefit from reform, including the following:
- Medical debt
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Balance billing
- Health disparities
- Benefit management
- Patient engagement
The experience of patients who receive case management and copay relief from the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) informs the advocacy of NPAF. While putting together the Policy Principles, NPAF staff consults with the case managers at PAF, along with its extensive data from the previous year. NPAF also receives input from its Executive and Scientific Board members.