COVID-19 Weekly Recap – May 29th, 2020
May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020
When: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 at 10:30 A.M. PST
Join the Chronic Care Policy Alliance as we discuss how a federal policy change will leave many patients facing higher out-of-pocket costs for their prescription medications. The recently released 2021 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP) allows private health insurers to exclude certain co-pay assistance programs, such as cards and coupons, from counting toward deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. As a result, patients will no longer be able to rely on these critical programs and face increased costs.
Federal health policy and advocacy expert Carl Schmid, Executive Director of the HIV + Hepatitis Policy Institute, will provide an overview of the NBPP rule change and key insights into the impact it will have on patients with chronic disease. During the webinar, we will discuss ways to blunt the impact and provide you with the knowledge and tools needed to advocate on behalf of patients in the chronic disease community.
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Liz Helms, President and CEO of the California Chronic Care Coalition, issued a reaction to CMS lowering out-of-pocket insulin costs for seniors.
She says “While we have a long way to go, this is a tremendous step in the right direction. We must continue to advocate for access to treatment for all patients.”
Here’s a recap on the state’s updates:
The COVID-19 pandemic and the proposed state budget cuts will have trickle-down effects on California’s nonprofits in all sectors. In response, California Association of Nonprofits is hosting Nonprofit Town Halls with state legislators. You can find more information here. Additionally, over 1,100 nonprofits, including the CCCC, and 30 legislators have signed onto letters to California’s leadership.
Last week, Hemophilia Council of California hosted a webinar, “Conquering Insurance Challenges: Finding New Coverage & Overcoming Denials” with presenters Kelly Bradfield, External Affairs, Covered California and Liz Helms, President/CEO, California Chronic Care Coalition. The webinar provided an overview of what those who have lost health insurance can do to get coverage, including utilizing Covered California and My Patient Rights to help. If you missed the webinar live, a recording can be found here.
(Source: KCRA) A lack of money and government mandates has led to widespread delays and disparities in testing the country’s 1.4 million nursing home residents for COVID-19, allowing the virus to spread largely unchecked and kill tens of thousands of older adults, residents, staff and health care advocates tell the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit. Read More
As the country continues to reopen, the CDC has released guidance and best practices for various industries and settings to be able to safely operate during COVID-19. You can view updated CDC guidance here.