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Separating Science from Fiction

The Atlantic recently published a story on the dangers of anti-vaccine rhetoric, “Destabilizing the Jenny McCarthy Public-Health Industrial Complex.” The article describes the hysteria around the alleged link between autism and vaccines, which has since been scientifically discredited. The public campaign created fear among parents, some of whom chose not to vaccinate their children. As the author states, “Anti-vaccinators risk not only the lives of their own children, but also those of others who are Read More >

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Sen. Grassley Raises Concerns over 340B Program

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In a memo written this week, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) responded to a recent Kaiser Health News report by asking whether 340B-eligible hospitals are ‘doing everything possible to help uninsured patients receive health care, including affordable prescription drugs.’ 340B is an important safety net program designed to help uninsured indigent patients gain greater access to prescription medicines.  While there remains a need for this safety net program, there are emerging concerns about the program in Read More >

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Medicare Part B: Barriers to Cancer Treatment

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The National Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has seen a notable rise in calls for assistance from both Medicare beneficiaries and cancer doctors regarding difficulty accessing certain cancer drugs in the physician office setting, where most patients receive their care. As a result, patients are being forced to seek cancer treatment in the hospital setting to access their life-saving cancer medicines; this displacement disrupts their continuum of care, is inconvenient, and is more costly to the Read More >

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Congress Acts to Protect Public Health this Flu Season

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The next flu season may be months away, but Congress already acted to ensure our nation is ready. Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard Neal (D-MA), as well as Sens.  Max Baucus (D- MT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced legislation which was recently enacted into law (H.R. 475) to update the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) to cover the newest flu vaccines in time for flu season, ensuring patient access to the latest therapies. Read More >

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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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