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Allyson Funk

Allyson Funk Ally is a senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other public programs. Her previous experience includes leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients, and working for the governor of Louisiana. Ally enjoys travel, trying new restaurants and spending time with Buddy, her 9-year-old rescue Pomeranian. In the fall, she and her husband are almost always wearing Saints gear.

Recent Posts

ICYMI: What the experts are saying about importation

By Allyson Funk  |    March 23, 2017
Voices throughout the U.S. and Canadian health care systems have raised concerns about proposed large-scale drug importation schemes. Former government officials, pharmacy groups and experts have...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Billing code basics for biologics in Part B

By Allyson Funk  |    March 20, 2017
We’ve explored the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) flawed policy for reimbursing biologic and biosimilar products before. Today, we’re exploring how proposals from MedPAC would...   Read More

How drug importation schemes could increase U.S. law enforcement burdens

By Allyson Funk  |    March 16, 2017
In recent weeks, we’ve explored some of the dangers of importation for patients and how medicines purchased online can be fake. But what would importation schemes mean for U.S. law enforcement?   Read More

Why drug importation threatens patient safety

By Allyson Funk  |    February 28, 2017
Counterfeit drug manufacturing and trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business. Legislative proposals to allow importation of potentially counterfeit and substandard drugs into the United...   Read More

Fact Check Friday: The truth about drug importation and patient safety

By Allyson Funk  |    February 24, 2017
This week on Fact Check Friday, we’re discussing the truth about proposals to allow the importation of medicines from other countries and what these proposals mean for patients. MYTH: Importation...   Read More

What you don’t know about importation from Canada

By Allyson Funk  |    February 17, 2017
Proposals to allow the importation of prescription medicines from Canada ignore the dangerous threat to patients of counterfeit and adulterated medicines. What actually happens when a patient...   Read More

Medicare Monday: Negotiation in Medicare Part D works

By Allyson Funk  |    December 12, 2016
Earlier this year, we highlighted a new QuintilesIMS Institute research brief that, for the first time, looked at Part D costs after accounting for rebates.   Read More

Medicare Monday: Beware! Scary proposed changes to Medicare are out there

By Allyson Funk  |    October 31, 2016
This Halloween, beware of the spooky proposals some have put forward to change how Medicare covers prescription medicines for seniors and people living with disabilities. Tricks like these are no...   Read More

4 things to think about when choosing your health plan

By Allyson Funk  |    October 28, 2016
Open enrollment is upon us once again. Whether you are picking a plan through your employer or a health insurance marketplace, whether you are getting coverage for the first time or changing to a...   Read More

ICYMI: Data find provider consolidation increases health care costs

By Allyson Funk  |    October 26, 2016
There is a growing body of research on the impact of health care provider consolidation on overall health care spending. In case you missed it, a recent issue brief from the National Institute for...   Read More

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