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January 20, 2021

Patient Advocates Urge Biden Administration to Put Patients at the Center of Health Care

Today, President Joseph Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. National Patient Advocate Foundation released the following statement congratulating President Biden and urging him to adopt person-centered health care policies as he pursues long-needed health care reforms.

“We congratulate President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on their inauguration today. As the leading non-profit representing the patient perspective advancing access to affordable, equitable and quality care, we look forward to working with the White House and new Administration as we advance patient protections and continue the work of reforming a health system that has long pushed patients to the sidelines.

With a pandemic still surging and health care costs continuing to rise, American families feel isolated and unsure about the future. We need to quickly address their concerns and strengthen their protections so that they can be confident that their access to affordable, quality care will not be hampered.

With this in mind, we urge the following steps: 

  • Guard against financial toxicity: Patients and families should have equitable, expeditious access to financial and social needs navigation in the setting of complex or chronic conditions as a standard of practice for quality care delivery.
  • Eliminate barriers to safety net programs:  Program eligibility requirements should not interfere with the health and well-being of patients and families who rely on safety net supports and services to access needed care.
  • Broaden access to insurance:  All people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age or geographic location should have access to adequate, affordable health insurance coverage options that meet their unique health care needs and socioeconomic circumstances. Medicaid and CHIP coverage should be expanded and sustained to meet the needs of low-income adults and children, particularly families confronting complex chronic conditions.
  • Prioritize affordability – Policy makers should prioritize solutions that directly lower patients’ out of pocket costs. Policies that affect other stakeholders should not inadvertently raise the amount that patients are expected to pay, including through deductibles, cost-sharing and premiums.
  • Remember that patients and caregivers are experts – Patients and families should be positioned as essential stakeholders for contributing person-centered quality care perspectives and expertise in all value-based health reform initiatives.

President Biden and Vice President Harris promise to offer a more diverse administration representing all communities across the United States. NPAF welcomes this inclusivity and looks forward to building a better future for all our nation’s patients and caregivers.”