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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. June 1, 2020

    NPAF Stands for Equity

    We stand in solidarity with those calling for change that will address social injustice at multiple systemic and institutional levels. What we are seeing today is not new. These problems are embedded in our history and all too present in this critical moment, but now is the time for those of us who care about our future to act, to make our country more just, more equitable for everyone.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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