Sign-on to Support Proposals to Lower Patient Out-of-Pocket Costs

The “I Am Essential” coalition has prepared draft comments for organizational sign-on in response to the President’s Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs. Our comments focus on proposals contained in the Request for Information (RFI) that address efforts to reduce patient cost-sharing in qualified health plans.

The letter outlines proposals the Administration could take to lower patient cost-sharing; many of which I Am Essential has commented on in the past Patients with serious and chronic health conditions often shoulder the heaviest cost burden and are faced with high out-of-pocket costs, such as increased premiums, higher deductibles, rising copays and co-insurance.  All of which can have an impact on medication abandonment and adherence.

We encourage your organization to sign on to the comment letter and to feel free to utilize it as your organization prepares its comments in response to the RFI.  Comments are due Monday, July 16th and you can submit your own at

To sign on to the letter, please fill out this form by 2 pm ET, Monday, July 16, 2018. 

Please feel free to distribute this letter to your networks. If you need any assistance, please contact Stephanie Hengst at

Thank you,

Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute

Abbey Roudebush, Manager, Government Relations, Epilepsy Foundation

Andrew Sperling, Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy, National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Carl Schmid(202) 669-8267

For Media Inquiries, please contact Carl Schmid of The AIDS Institute.



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