Patient Safety Demands that Drug Compounders Comply With Law

12.11.14 | By

“When compounded products are not made according to strict quality standards appropriate for their scale of production, the results can be deadly.”  Six public health organizations wrote this to FDA Commissioner Hamburg to voice strong support on FDA’s robust enforcement of the federal law on compounding.

ICYMI: New Study Highlights Often High Out-of-Pocket Costs in Exchanges

11.20.14 | By

Earlier this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released new research about the deductibles in different health insurance exchange plans. The study found for bronze or silver plans patients often have to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket due to high combined deductibles.

ACA Health Insurance Exchanges Breakaway Report

A new report from Breakaway Health reviews the benefit designs relating to prescription medicines and other health care items and services -- looking at deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, cost sharing, and other factors. 

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Biopharmaceuticals in Medicare, Medicaid and Department of Veterans Affairs

This chart pack features key facts about prescription medicines in three major government programs Medicare, Medicaid and the Veterans Affairs (VA) drug benefit each provide drug coverage through different methods of administration.

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Backgrounder: Impact of Restricted Drug Coverage

Restrictions on drug coverage can harm patients and increase health care costs.

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What Are Health Insurance Exchanges?

11.12.14 | By

You’ve probably heard about the Affordable Care Act, health insurance exchanges or even the health insurance marketplace. But what does it all mean? Health insurance exchanges or the marketplace offer an alternative source to purchase health coverage if you don’t buy it on your own, receive it through your employer, or from another public program.

Access to Combination Therapies May Be Limited with Exchange Coverage

10.23.14 | By

Would you rather take three different pills a day, following specific instructions for each, making sure you don’t forget one or just one pill a day that has the same effect?

As drug development advances, so have efforts to simplify medication delivery for patients in the form of combination therapies. These medicines contain two or more pharmaceutical ingredients in one single dose to treat a specific disease. 

Disparities in Health Coverage: Not All Services Are Created Equal

10.22.14 | By

When it comes to health coverage, access to health care services is not always the same. For some, out-of-pocket costs may create barriers to access and hinder adherence to needed services and treatments.

ICYMI – NYT: Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

10.20.14 | By

In case you missed it, a front-page story in The New York Times this weekend told the story of Patricia Wanderlich and several other patients who, despite purchasing coverage through the health insurance exchange, or marketplace, have found high, and often combined, deductibles are a major hurdle to accessing needed care.

The ABCs of Health Coverage

10.14.14 | By

Insurance jargon can be confusing. Whether you’ve been choosing a health plan annually for years or have coverage for the first time, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what your plan covers and how to prepare for out-of-pocket costs.  

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