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The Arthritis Foundation is the “Champion of Yes,” helping the arthritis community conquer everyday battles through information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science, and community connections. The Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another…
Bill, a resident of Kankakee County for nearly 30 years, had a routine physical in May of 2012 that resulted in his diagnosis of an extremely rare and serious bone marrow disorder, Myelofibrosis. This condition only occurs in about 1.5 out of every 100,000 people in the U.S. For Bill, symptoms included night sweats, loss…
Meryl lives with anxiety and depression. Her doctor prescribed medication at the end of July last year, which happened to be after she met her family’s insurance deductible. The prescription enhances the effectiveness of her other medicines and helps her manage her illness. At the start of 2015, the Highland Park mother of two was…
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Health insurers are rejecting patient claims that deny them access to vital medications. Some of those patients may end up sicker, suggests a recent survey. Health insurers denied coverage for nearly a quarter of the Americans with chronic conditions or persistent illnesses. In a third of the cases, these patients, all of whom had insurance coverage, said their conditions worsened after being rejected.
A father of two in St. Louis battling cancer was denied insurance coverage of the only hopeful treatment available to him. Who decides how much a treatment costs to a patient? How are those costs decided? It’s time for patients to have fair and affordable access to medication.
Civil Rights Complaints Filed Against Insurers Citing Discrimination Against People Living With HIV in Illinois and Six Other States
The AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School spearheaded the filing of formal Administrative Complaints with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The complaint accuses several insurance companies of discriminating against patients living with HIV in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
Why is this happening?
Sky rocketing out-of-pocket costs put lifesaving medications out of reach for people with chronic conditions and communicable diseases.
Many medications can cost a patient between 20-50% of the drug's total cost each month, causing people living with arthritis, cancer, epilepsy, HIV and others to pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars a month.
When the cost of medication becomes too high for someone who needs necessary treatment, they may stop taking the medicine or skip dosages, which oftentimes causes conditions to worsen and allows the illness to spread.UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE