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National Patient Advocate Foundation's Annual Capitol Hill Briefing Focuses on Patient Access Barriers to Life-Saving Medicines Placed on Specialty Tiers by Commercial Insurance Plans and Medicare
Date:5/8/2013

commercial plan enrollees.

"The financial requirement attached to specialty tier medications puts curative therapies and a high quality of life out of reach for too many patients," added Nancy Davenport-Ennis , CEO and founder of the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF). "We are urging Congress to recognize the barriers to access created by the current patient cost-sharing policy and enact legislation to ease the financial burden patients face. We stand ready to work with lawmakers on developing patient-centric policies."

The briefing concluded with the release of the Patient Advocate Foundation's annual Patient Data Analysis Report (PDAR). In 2012 PAF successfully resolved 109,147 cases and served patients with 309 different health conditions, an increase of 5.9% in patient volume since 2011. Beth Patterson , PAF President of Mission Delivery presented the data. Since its inception in 1996, PAF has successfully resolved hundreds of thousands of patient cases.

National Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. NPAF translates the experience of millions of patients who have been helped by our companion, Patient Advocate Foundation, which provides professional case management services to individuals facing barriers to healthcare access for chronic and disabling disease, medical debt crisis and employment-related issues at no cost.


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