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National Patient Advocate Foundation Responds to N.C. State House Approval of Flawed Cancer Treatment Fairness Bill
Date:5/16/2013

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"This out of pocket maximum is simply too high," said NPAF President Nancy Davenport-Ellis . "Many of these patients in need of life saving medications are dependent on more than one particular drug to treat their illness. So the new language in the bill requiring an out-of-pocket co-pay of $300 actually escalates very quickly and dramatically. This creates a huge financial burden on families.  We know from the data we've seen, that at this high of a rate, patients are likely to abandon these medications altogether. We appreciate the efforts of Representative Lewis to bring legislation forward that will make a huge difference in the lives of patients. However, the new language in the bill defeats his intent and undermines this otherwise good legislation. North Carolina's senators now have an opportunity to do the right thing for patients by restoring this bill to its original language."

The median household income in North Carolina from 2007 – 2011 was $46,291 according to the US Census Bureau. From the Patient Advocate Foundation Patient Data Analysis Report (http://www.patientadvocate.org/about.php?p=898) in 2012 however, the majority of the commercially insured patients PAF served had a household income of $12,000 - $45,000 (Patient Advocate Foundation; Patient Data Analysis Report 2012, p. 56). This data also shows that a large majority of these patients have annual household incomes of less than $35,000. In North Carolina last year, 158,982 patients reached out to PAF for information and assistance. Of those, 3,457 were assisted by PAF case management services, which represents 3.17% of the organization's overall case management work load during 2012 (Patient Advocate Foundation; Patient Data Analysis Report 2012, p. 96). Also important to point out is that i
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