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New Transparency Laws Could Help Patients Reduce Out-of-Pocket Drug Spending

Thursday, October 18, 2018

President Trump recently signed two bills into law aimed at reducing patients’ out-of-pocket spending on prescription medications. The “Patient’s Right to Know Drug Prices Act” and the “Know the Lowest Price Act” address a practice known as “gag clauses.”

Open Enrollment: November 2nd to December 15th, 2018

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

As the Midterm Election approaches and many prepare for the holiday season, it’s critical to remember that the open enrollment period to purchase health insurance coverage for 2019 is quickly approaching as well. This is the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have access to comprehensive, quality, and affordable coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Get Ready to Vote this November

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

November is quickly approaching, which means Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th, will be here before we know it. As we lead up to this day, the Cancer Support Community’s Cancer Policy Institute urges you to get involved and vote! Read our blog for important information about registration deadlines, voter resources, and more.

CMS Decides to Put Treatment Decisions in the Hands of Insurers

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On August 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance giving Medicare Advantage (MA) plans (private insurance plans approved by Medicare that cover hospital and medical expenses) the option of applying prior authorization and step therapy for physician-administered and other Medicare Part B drugs (effective January 1, 2019) stating that this policy change will lower costs, improve quality of life, and ensure that patients receive the most preferred treatment.

Short-Term, Limited Duration Plans will Harm Patient’s Access to Comprehensive Coverage

Thursday, August 9, 2018

On August 1, 2018, the Administration finalized another policy that will impact access to quality health insurance coverage by expanding the availability of short-term, limited duration (STLD) insurance plans that are not required to cover essential health benefits or pre-existing conditions.

Administration’s New Rule Could Put Patients’ Health Coverage at Risk

Monday, June 25, 2018

Back in January, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule that would expand the availability of Association Health Plans (AHPs) that are exempt from regulations like the 10 essential health benefits (EHBs) set by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). This week, the Trump Administration released a finalized policy to allow loosely affiliated business to band together as AHPs and offer plans that are not held to many important ACA consumer protections.

Patient Focused Drug Development

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Starting in 2012 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began to integrate the patient perspective into the drug development process through their Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) initiative. The patient advocacy community can and should partner with the FDA to ensure that they are measuring the full patient experience in clinical trials to include the physical, social, and emotional impacts of a therapy, and CSC has been working closely with the FDA, and other researchers, to explore ways to do so in a more meaningful way.

New Health Care Options May Not Protect Patients

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Trump Administration has proposed several rules outlining new health insurance options that would provide lower cost insurance coverage to consumers. However, the Cancer Support Community (CSC) believes that these plans may not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).

A National Day of Action in the Fight to #SaveCHIP

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Leading children’s health, medical, and advocacy organizations around the country have designated today, January 10, 2018, as a National Day of Action to #SaveCHIP. Today, take a moment to call or email your federal legislators and ask them to extend current CHIP funding NOW.

Strengthened by Action: Join the Grassroots Network

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For our 35th anniversary year, as part of our Fall Cancer Awareness campaign, the Cancer Support Community would like to highlight how you can make a difference through advocacy so that you and your loved ones can be “strengthened by action!”

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