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Sign-on Letter in Support of Essential Health Benefits

The “I Am Essential” coalition, representing hundreds of patient groups and their allies, has prepared draft comments for organizational sign-on to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2019 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule.  The letter outlines the impact the proposed changes would have on health insurance coverage and patient access to health benefits and services in 2019 and beyond. This is the first rulemaking…

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Trump Administration to Review Fewer Health Plans for Drug Coverage; Patient Groups Concerned – Will Patients be Able to Access their Drugs?

Washington, DC – On the same day the Trump Administration issued a “market stabilization” rule that seeks to help the insurance companies stay in the individual market, CCIIO issued guidance to the states that announced it will conduct drug coverage reviews in fewer states.  Instead, CCIIO will rely more on the states to conduct these…

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200 Patient Groups Urge Secretary Price to Safeguard Patient Protections in Reviewing Healthcare Reform

Washington, DC (February 13, 2017) – The I Am Essential coalition has sent a letter signed by 200 patient groups urging the recently confirmed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to maintain and enforce critical patient protections and prescription drug access when reviewing and suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “While…

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Patient Advocacy Groups Urge Administration to Enhance Patient Protections and Continue Progress to End Discrimination in the Exchanges

Washington, DC (October 6, 2016) – Today, the I Am Essential coalition submitted a comment letter signed by 153 advocacy groups on the Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2018 (NBPP) praising proposals that will create additional standardized plan options and utilize copays rather than co-insurance.

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