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Immune Deficiency Foundation: Medicare’s “one size fits all” drug demo is wrong for seniors with rare and chronic diseases

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Writing yesterday in The Hill, Immune Deficiency Foundation President Marcia Boyle explains the potential harm posed to patients by the recently proposed Medicare Part B demonstration: While CMS’ intent is to save money, the results of this demonstration stand to severely impact patients who rely on Medicare. The reduction in reimbursement will force many providers to stop offering the most clinically effective treatments, leaving patients with two options: forego prescribed therapies or travel to more expensive Read More >

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Report: Low Compliance with ACA Charity Care Requirements among 340B Hospitals

Earlier this week, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B, of which BIO is a member, released a new report examining hospitals’ compliance with the charity care requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The report found that large numbers of both 340B and non-340B hospitals are not complying with protections contained in the ACA for low-income patients, such as rules designed to ensure they are made aware of a hospital’s charity care program Read More >

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Points to Consider about the Center for American Progress Prescription Drug Discussion

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This afternoon, the Center for American Progress (CAP) Action Fund hosted an obviously one-sided discussion on prescription drug pricing. Below are some key questions and points to consider in this important debate that you likely didn’t hear about at the CAP event: Prescription Drugs Only Small Part of Overall Health Spending: Despite the increasingly shrill rhetoric on this issue, the fact remains that prescription drugs are only a small fraction of total health expenditures in Read More >

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Facing growing pressure, N.Y. insurers agree to lift restrictions on hepatitis c therapies

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Last week, we wrote about the mounting evidence of insurer discrimination and coverage denials for patients with certain high-cost health conditions such as HIV and hepatitis C. In many cases, insurers have been denying new hepatitis C treatments to patients unless their livers showed signs of severe damage – despite guidelines from major medical societies recommending the drugs for nearly all hepatitis C patients. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported some good news for hepatitis Read More >

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ICYMI: One Patient’s Perspective: Having Cancer Doesn’t Make Me Worth Less

Yesterday, cancer survivor and health economist Jennifer Hinkel shared her perspective on the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review’s Value Assessment Framework: An organization named ICER — the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review — is making big waves in health care circles. It calls itself “a trusted non-profit” despite suggestions that it takes significant funding from the health insurance industry. ICER has just released a draft report about treatment for a rare and difficult-to-treat cancer called Multiple Myeloma. Read More >

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