Patients, especially those suffering from chronic conditions, deserve access to the medicines they need to live longer, healthier lives. Today, PhRMA released a new fact sheet on access to diabetes medicines in exchange plans in 2015 (2014 fact sheet is available here). The fact sheet highlights some of the potential barriers to accessing needed treatments. Learn more on AccessBetterCoverage.org, in our patient profiles and our other fact sheets.
This is the fifth post in our Burden on Patients Q&A series with patient advocates. To learn more, we talked with Larry Hausner, longtime patient advocate, former CEO of the American Diabetes Association and chief patient advocate for the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.
Question (Allyson Funk): Can you tell me about you, your career representing patients and what you’ve learned over the years representing patients with diabetes?
Answer (Larry Hausner): I worked, as the CEO of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for seven years and during that time the most important thing to me was to make sure that the needs of diabetes patients were represented in what we were doing. We tried to do everything we could to better the quality of life for those with the disease. That includes Type 1 and Type 2 patients as well as those with gestational diabetes. Over time we wanted to make sure when you looked at any aspect of a person with diabetes’ life that the American Diabetes Association was there to help.