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  • Insurance Company Denies Cancer Therapy While Life Hangs in the Balance

    The hospital told him he would be charged $44,000 for each injection. He needs two. The drug company says they charge the hospital only $16,000 per dose. The discrepancy is one of the maddening things about rising health care costs in America. There is little transparency or consistency in who pays how much for what. Not only is a father of two in St. Louis battling cancer being denied insurance…

  • Wyden Proposes Cap on Prescription Drug Costs

    U.S. Department of Finance Ranking Finance Democrat Says Americans Shouldn’t Have to Risk Financial Ruin to Receive Treatment WASHINGTON – 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…

  • We Must Stop Discriminating Against The Seriously Ill

    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…

  • N.J. lawmaker wants to limit how much you pay for prescription drugs

    The cost of staying alive this year climbed by $260 a month for Debbie Biase. That's the co-pay for one cancer drug this 63-year-old grandmother from Berkeley Heights says she needs to keep the disease under control. Nearly 80 percent of her $743 disability check is consumed by premiums and out-of-pocket expenses. Were she not…

  • Palatine Mom Pushes For Cap On Insurance, Medication Costs

    Challenges follow us every day of our lives. But for 23-year-old James Mitchell of Palatine, not only has he lived with hemophilia since one year old, but along with it, a $3,000 yearly insurance deductible for the life-saving medicine he must take. Hemophilia type B prevents his blood from clotting normally. That means Mitchell must…

  • A sensible cap on costly prescription drugs

    To help prevent Americans from being bankrupted by medical bills, the 2010 federal healthcare law placed an annual cap on deductibles, co-pays and other out-of-pocket costs imposed by health insurers. That's turned out to be a mixed blessing for Americans who suffer from certain chronic diseases, including multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS. The specialty medicines they…

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