Tag: affordability

Too Expensive

While drug manufacturers turn a blind eye to the fact that they charge some of the highest prices in the world, patients are paying attention – and they’re not happy about it. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs, Uncategorized

Let’s get serious about affordability

How do we rein in unsustainable prices for medical services and treatments to keep care within reach for patients? Continue reading

Posted in: Cost Alert, Health Care Costs

What They Are Saying: Repeal of the HIT continues to garner support

Across the country, members of Congress are joining business leaders and small business owners in expressing concern about the health insurance tax and its massive impact. See what’s being said. Continue reading

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Innovative medical cures and affordability: The health care dilemma

Today the Partnership for Quality Care held a forum on sustainable prescription drug pricing – something that we need but still don’t have, according to the panelists. Continue reading

Posted in: Health Care Costs

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 [...]

Posted in: Issue Alert

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

Posted in: Issue Alert

Happy health insurance consumers

Health plans are committed to providing beneficiaries with high-quality, affordable health care coverage. And consumers are happier for it. Continue reading

Posted in: Issue Alert