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  1. May 13, 2020

    20 Patient Groups Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Affordable Care Act

    National Patient Advocate Foundation joined 19 other patient advocacy groups to file an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief today with the United States Supreme Court in the case California v. Texas (previously Texas v. United States), citing the devastating impact on all patients should the court invalidate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “Our case managers have worked with patients and their caregivers since the 1990s to resolve barriers to care and help people retain their jobs in the wake of a diagnosis. We know how hard it was before the protections put in place by the Affordable Care Act, and we do not want to go back,” said Alan Balch, CEO

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  2. March 16, 2020

    Patient Advocates Applaud Judges’ Decision to Block SNAP Final Rule

    NPAF applauded a federal judge’s decision to block a Trump Administration rule that would have kicked 700,000 people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), traditionally known as food stamps, that provides food-purchasing assistance for low-income families. “Good health isn’t just about medical care. It depends on access to nutrition, safe housing and other social determinants of health,” said Rebecca Kirch, executive vice president of NPAF.

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  3. March 13, 2020

    NPAF Urges State and Federal Governments to Help People #GetCovered for COVID-19

    In light of the international coronavirus pandemic, National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) urged both state and federal government programs to use every available mechanism to quickly enroll people during the coronavirus pandemic. “What’s true normally is especially true in a pandemic: people need coverage, and then they need to be able to use it,” said Balch. “We hope every state will open a special enrollment period. We also applaud the efforts of insurers who are waiving any cost-sharing associated with the coronavirus, and hope that costs won't stop people from getting the care they need during this national emergency.”

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  4. March 3, 2020

    POSTPONED - NPAF to Hold Free Event for Cardiovascular Patients in MS Delta

    People who are having trouble accessing the health care they need will have the chance to discuss their problems and propose solutions with local providers and advocates in Mound Bayou, Mississippi on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Hosted by Dr. Tammy T. Taylor and the National Patient Advocate Foundation, participants will discuss what matters to patients and providers in our community.

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  5. February 14, 2020

    NPAF Applauds Court Decision Striking Down Medicaid Work Requirements

    We do not believe there is ever a fair way to administer work requirements for the Medicaid program. While the stated goal of such requirements may be to increase financial independence for enrollees, we find that in practice the only result will be crudely cutting people off from the care they need. Ultimately, we agree with the finding of the federal appeals court, which is that work requirements function in direct opposition to the primary goal of Medicaid. We urge state governments to continue administering their Medicaid programs as an unlimited benefit to all those who qualify without limiting benefits or imposing bureaucratic restrictions.

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