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  1. January 28, 2021

    15 Million People Will Be Eligible for the Special Enrollment Period – Here’s How they Can Pick the Right Health Insurance Plan

    When President Biden signs the executive order opening the federal Marketplace for a special enrollment period, 15 million people will have the chance to sign up for insurance who may have missed traditional open enrollment. Because choosing a plan can be so complicated, NPAF’s guide to the insurance marketplace simplifies the process into four easy steps, giving consumers the security to know that they are making informed, thoughtful coverage choices.   The Step-by-Step Guide for Comparing Health Plans includes practical tips and printable worksheets and breaks down the selection process into four easy steps: Gather the names of your current doctors and medications Enter the requested information on the Health Insurance Marketplace website Narrow down your plan comparison using preferred filters based on what is important to you Use the NPAF worksheets and pro tips to compare plans and identify the one that best fits your needs

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  2. January 20, 2021

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

    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, strengthen their protections and ensure they can be confident that going forward, their access to affordable, quality care will not be hampered.

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  3. December 9, 2020

    Patient Groups Urge U.S. District Court to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBTQ and Limited English Proficiency Patients

    As organizations that represent millions of people with serious and chronic health conditions, we strongly urge the court to strike down the 2020 Rule that allows discrimination against LGBTQ and LEP individuals. These communities already face significant health disparities and this rule—if implemented—would exacerbate these challenges and create worse health outcomes. Every person regardless of their race, color, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or disability should be given equal access to timely, quality, comprehensive health care without discrimination. We urge the court to reject the administration’s drastic and damaging rule change and protect patients as intended by the health care law.

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  4. November 25, 2020

    Patient Advocates Demand Program Integrity for Marketplace Purchases in Defiance of Proposed Rule

    last minute maneuver by the Trump Administration could eliminate healthcare.gov and increase bureaucratic barriers for those wishing to purchase individual plans. In a proposed rule released shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Trump Administration would allow states to require people to purchase insurance directly from insurers or private brokers in lieu of healthcare.gov. With only a 30 day comment period, the proposed rule would eliminate transparency for patients and allow private brokers to display plans that do not include all the mandated patient protections afforded by the Affordable Care Act alongside compliant plans. The proposed rule also requires state-run marketplaces to verify at least 75% of new enrollments for people who purchase plans during a special enrollment period.

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  5. November 9, 2020

    Patient Groups Urge U.S. Supreme Court to Prioritize Patients and Uphold Health Care Law

    wenty patient groups representing millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to prioritize patient protections, including those for people with pre-existing conditions, when it hears oral arguments Tuesday in the case of California v. Texas (previously Texas v. United States). The groups cite the devastating impact patients would face should the court rule to invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The patient groups, which filed an amicus brief in May, argue the law has expanded access to health insurance coverage and has improved patient outcomes as Congress intended. Congress’ decision to keep the ACA in place after zeroing out the tax penalty tied to the individual mandate reinforces that intent.

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  6. October 28, 2020

    How to Choose a Health Insurance Plan on the Marketplace

    With millions of Americans losing their employer coverage, record numbers could be choosing a plan on the Marketplace for the first time. Unfortunately, without the right advice they will probably pick the wrong plan, costing them thousands of dollars and unknown health repercussions. Luckily, the experts at National Patient Advocate Foundation are here with tips to help you pick the best plan for your budget on the Marketplace today.  Rebecca Kirch, executive vice president of programs and policy, knows how often people get overwhelmed and rush the process. “Regardless of whether you are new to the Marketplace or have enrolled before, taking your time during open enrollment to evaluate your needs and choose the correct plan could save you thousands of dollars.”  

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