Category: Issue Alert

Taking Steps to Make Coverage Affordable

There are two things Congress can do now to support affordability in health care coverage: allow states to maintain their current small-group market and repeal the health insurance tax. Continue reading

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The Effort to #RepealtheHIT Makes Waves on Social Media

Nationwide, efforts to repeal the burdensome health insurance tax are growing stronger than ever. Continue reading

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Don’t Mess with the IPR

When pharmaceutical companies artificially prolong drug patents to avoid competition from generics, consumers end up with fewer treatment options and higher costs. These latest patent abuses demonstrate the need for strong oversight of drugmakers’ monopoly pricing schemes. Continue reading

Posted in: AHIP Letters, Issue Alert

You’re Invited: Join our panel discussion on the Rx cost conundrum

This panel discussion will bring together stakeholders from various perspectives to discuss the challenges ahead and what can be done to encourage medical innovation while ensuring patients can access and afford the treatments they need. Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert, Issue Alert

Chronic care management: Getting patients the care they need

A new study by the RAND Corporation and AHIP Foundation looks at the growing burden of chronic disease and health plans’ efforts to help chronically ill patients. Roughly one in two Americans will suffer from a chronic disease by 2030, according to the study. And with each additional chronic condition, patients face higher costs and greater difficulty in managing their health. Continue reading

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Forced switch putting profits before patients

Last week, we highlighted behaviors that promote monopoly-like pricing rather than improved patient access. That list included product hopping, which aims to artificially prolong drug patents to avoid competition from generics, resulting in fewer treatment options and sky-high costs for consumers. This type of monopoly pricing scheme has serious consequences – to the tune of $288 million, which is how much it would cost Medicare Part D just this year if Actavis was allowed to force patients to a newer [...]

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The definition of small-group market: Protecting affordability and stability

Under the Affordable Care Act, companies with 51 to 100 employees would move from the large-group market to the small-group market starting in 2016. That change would create instability for the small employer marketplace, leading to premium increases and potential disruptions in coverage. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert, On The Hill

The Discussion About Access We Need To Have

To provide the affordable coverage that consumers want, all stakeholders have to be willing to embrace the goal of affordability and work together to achieve it. This means that the old ways have to change. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert, Uncategorized

This isn’t a game of monopoly

Ever rising prescription drug prices mean more expensive coverage for individuals, families, and employers. Many of the astronomical price tags for medicines can be traced back to business practices that promote monopoly-like pricing rather than improved patient access. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Issue Alert

Health Plans Focus on Affordability

Despite a full host of factors that increase premiums, health plans are working hard to keep coverage affordable. Continue reading

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