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Focusing on Only 1% of Spending Will Not Solve Nation’s Health Care Challenges

By Robert Zirkelbach  |    July 23, 2015
Commentary published today in Mayo Clinic Proceedings highlights a critical challenge facing cancer patients: the ability to access the medicines they need. But rather than address this issue...   Read More

Yet Another Misleading Report on Medicine Prices

By Robert Zirkelbach  |    May 13, 2015
Today Express Scripts released yet another misleading report to promote a false narrative about medicine spending in the United States.  For more than 50 years, spending on medicines has...   Read More

ICYMI: The New York Times Highlights How Increasing Cost Sharing Hinders Access, Raises Other Health Care Costs

By Allyson Funk  |    May 5, 2015
Yesterday, on The Upshot, Incidental Economist creator Austin Frakt explored the impact of high cost-sharing on consumers and other health care costs. He reiterates concerns we’ve been...   Read More

Patient Profile: Out-of-Pocket Cost Burden for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient

By Allyson Funk  |    April 9, 2015
Last month, we walked through how managing chronic myeloid leukemia with a health insurance exchange plan can leave patients with burdensome out-of-pocket costs and put patients’ access to...   Read More

ICYMI: New Study Underscores Access Challenges in Essential Health Benefit Plans

By Allyson Funk  |    March 6, 2015
In the latest analysis of barriers patients face to accessing needed medicines in exchange plans, a new study published in Health Affairs found “on average…exchange plans had…higher deductibles...   Read More

Three Black Friday Tips for Choosing a Health Insurance Plan

By Allyson Funk  |    November 25, 2014
With Black Friday just a few days away, holiday shopping madness is kicking into full gear. Deciding what to buy, comparing prices and ultimately making a decision can be stressful. The best...   Read More

ICYMI: New Study Highlights Often High Out-of-Pocket Costs in Exchanges

By Allyson Funk  |    November 20, 2014
Earlier this week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released new research about the deductibles in different health insurance exchange plans. The study found for bronze or silver plans patients often...   Read More

Disparities in Health Coverage: Not All Services Are Created Equal

By Allyson Funk  |    October 22, 2014
When it comes to health coverage, access to health care services is not always the same. For some, out-of-pocket costs may create barriers to access and hinder adherence to needed services and...   Read More

Burden on Patients: Limiting Access to Necessary Medicines Threatens Hope for Oncology Patients

By Allyson Funk  |    July 15, 2014
In recent years, new cancer treatments have transformed the lives of individuals diagnosed with the devastating disease. Cancer death rates have fallen 20 percent since their peak in 1991, and the...   Read More

Burden on Patients: One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Treating Multiple Sclerosis Hurts Patients

By Allyson Funk  |    July 2, 2014
Recently, we discussed the obstacles patients face in managing chronic conditions such as mental health disorders, HIV/AIDS and Rheumatoid Arthritis under the Affordable Care Act’s health...   Read More

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