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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. January 30, 2020

    States Should Reject Medicaid Block Grants, Says NPAF

    New guidance from CMS could fundamentally change the Medicaid program in a way that hurts patients and renders critical health services inaccessible, said NPAF today. The guidance, which CMS touts as allowing states to “potentially achieve new levels of flexibility,” while “providing taxpayers with greater budget certainty,” will allow states to cap a portion of spending for the program for the millions of patients who gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act. “The Medicaid expansion saved lives. If we want to lower systemic costs, we need to find an approach that isn’t about slashing benefits and reducing access,” said Alan Balch, CEO of NPAF.

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  6. December 18, 2019

    In Light of Court Decision, NPAF Calls to Defend ACA

    While the ACA is still intact today, uncertainty over tomorrow creates stress for both individual patients and the health care system as a whole. Not only are patients subject to misinformation, but we have already seen how insurers may raise rates to protect themselves from marketplace uncertainty caused by judicial and legislative threats to the ACA. We do not know how the lower court will rule, nor do we know how the Supreme Court will decide should the court agree to hear the case. What we do know, though, is that the protections afforded to patients in the ACA were long overdue and now sacrosanct. So, while this decision injects further uncertainty into the future of the Affordable Care Act, it only solidifies our resolve to defend the protections we gained under its auspices through advocacy action.”

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