We Must Stop Discriminating Against The Seriously Ill


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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. 

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. 

"Twelve million Americans have gained health insurance through the exchanges created by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act (ACA). But too often, their coverage has proved 'affordable' in name only. Federal rule makers are set to change that. They're attempting to prevent insurance companies from denying quality coverage to patients with epilepsy, cancer and a host of other chronic conditions. If they succeed, they'll have, at long last, achieved one of the ACA's most important goals: ending discrimination against sicker patients..." Read full article

 

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