Get Updates

Press Releases

  1. May 29, 2019

    Improved Medical Debt Relief Act Endorsed by Patient Advocates

    The newly re-introduced Medical Debt Relief Act will shield millions of patients nationwide from unfair credit-reporting practices, according to the NPAF. The Medical Debt Relief Act of 2019, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, prohibits credit bureaus from including medical collections on reports for an entire year, starting from the first time a patient is notified of the debt. While some credit agencies place a 180-day embargo before citing past due medical bills on credit reports, there is no current governance and the practice is not uniformly followed.

    Read More
  2. May 20, 2019

    Patients’ Comments Matter: HHS Continues 6 Protected Classes in Medicare

    In a show of solidarity with the millions of patients who would have been adversely affected by a proposed Medicare Part D rule, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would continue its policy of protecting patients with serious illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy. NPAF along with scores of other patient groups, wrote to HHS with concerns, warning that changes to the six protected classes “would result in adverse patient outcomes,” and would come at the “expense of patients who rely on Medicare as a lifeline.”

    Read More
  3. March 26, 2019

    Trump Administration Asks Judiciary to Invalidate Entire ACA

    If the judiciary were to declare the ACA invalid, the entire American health care system would destabilize.  According to the most recent estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), a repeal of the ACA would result in an additional 32 million people losing their insurance coverage by 2026, as compared to the number who would be projected to be uninsured under current law.  CBO also estimates that by 2026, a full repeal would cause premiums to double. As we have noted in previous statements, these changes would not affect an isolated part of the American family’s health care budget. Instead, it would wreck complete disaster on families’ lives and financial trajectories.

    Read More
  4. March 13, 2019

    Gov Northam Signs Step Therapy Regulations into Law

    “We’ve seen the direct impact that bad step therapy protocols can have on the lives of patients and their families. We’ve worked with patients who have had to restart on treatment protocols that haven’t worked for them each time they switched insurers, pushing back their recovery and resulting in job losses, health deterioration and financial ruin. While we understand—and support—reasonable step therapy protocols to keep systemic costs low, there must always be humanity in the protocols so that patients are not denied the treatment that has the best possible chance at curing them,” said NPAF CEO Alan Balch, PhD. “This legislation is great news for people throughout Virginia.”

    Read More