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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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Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill to protect seniors in Medicare from high out-of-pocket costs in Part D plans. The bill, called the “Reducing Existing Costs Associated with Pharmaceuticals for Seniors Act of 2016” (RxCAP), would eliminate all cost-sharing for beneficiaries above the current out-of-pocket threshold of about $7,500.
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.
Despite its name, the Affordable Care Act has made it prohibitively expensive for patients with cancer, epilepsy and other chronic illnesses to afford life-saving medication. According to a recent Newsweek opinion piece, Federal law makers are working to resolve this problem by issuing warning letters to insurance companies that make customers choose between their health and financial ruin by placing prescription drugs for chronic conditions on the highest -- most expensive -- tier of medication.
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