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Burden on patients: Insurance benefit design’s impact on patient access to medicines

By Allyson Funk  |    June 30, 2016
Last week, we looked at access to medicines in health insurance exchanges for HIV/AIDS, oncology, cystic fibrosis, mental health and multiple sclerosis. The analysis by Avalere Health presents...   Read More

Burden on patients: Access to medicines in health insurance exchange plans

By Allyson Funk  |    June 23, 2016
Access to prescription medicines is critical to help patients manage their chronic conditions and maximize quality of life. Unfortunately, even with insurance coverage, many patients still...   Read More

Burden on Patients: 5 Questions on access to multiple sclerosis medicines in health exchange plans

By Allyson Funk  |    December 4, 2015
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...   Read More

Impact of deductibles in health plans

By Rebecca Davison  |    November 18, 2015
We’ve seen reports on the use of high deductibles that include prescription drugs in health insurance exchange plans and the burden they put on patients. A recent IMS Health report, Emergence and...   Read More

ICYMI: Regulators urge broader health networks

By Allyson Funk  |    November 12, 2015
In case you missed it, a recent story in The New York Times discussed new efforts to address complaints about limited access to doctors and hospitals in certain health insurance exchange plans,...   Read More

5 Things to consider when choosing your health coverage

By Allyson Funk  |    November 3, 2015
Choosing a health insurance plan can feel like an overwhelming task and making sure you understand your coverage and out-of-pocket costs is important to ensure you can access the services and...   Read More

Insurance coverage 101

By Allyson Funk  |    October 30, 2015
When it comes to health insurance, you have probably heard terms like deductible, copay or coinsurance thrown around. What does it all mean? Cutting through the clutter of health insurance can be...   Read More

3 Tiers, 4 Tiers, 5 Tiers and More – A look at tiering in health insurance exchange plans

By Rebecca Davison  |    October 22, 2015
One size fits all rarely works for clothing, and it turns out, it doesn’t work for prescription drug coverage either. Health insurance plans cover prescription drugs through formularies, which...   Read More

Medicare Monday: 3 tips for choosing a Medicare Part D plan

By Allyson Funk  |    October 12, 2015
This Thursday, October 15 marks the start of another Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs through Monday, December 7, 2015. Every year Medicare beneficiaries can evaluate their plan choices...   Read More

ICYMI: Higher out-of-pocket costs in health insurance exchange plans compared to employer plans for patients managing chronic conditions

By Rachel Licata  |    October 7, 2015
A recent study published in Health Affairs took a look at estimated out-of-pocket expenses for individuals living with chronic conditions if they switched from average employer-sponsored plans to...   Read More

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