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Week in Review: Access, Patients, Part D, Oh My

PhRMA Staff   |     October 17, 2014   |   SHARE THIS

Thanks in large part to innovative new treatments, now more than ever, patients can live longer, healthier lives. But in order for this to be possible, access to needed medicines is critical.

To help people navigate the often-complicated insurance market so they get treatment, PhRMA launched a new educational resource that addresses pressing questions and concerns surrounding access and health coverage. Access Better Coverage (ABC) is designed to provide important information about health insurance. From state-by-state reports to the definition of commonly used terms, the goal of the website is to be a place where people looking for information about coverage can find it. The site will also be home to the whiteboard video series that helps patients learn the insurance basics. Check back to learn more about the website and follow the ABC Twitter handle for more in the coming weeks and to let us know what you would like to know more about.

Medicare is another way that people get access to the medicines they need, and October 15 marked the start of another Medicare open enrollment period where seniors and individuals with disabilities can enroll, make changes to, or keep their current Medicare plan ahead of the New Year.

Access and adherence go hand-in-hand. When patients can't get the treatments they need, they are less likely to take their medicines, which increases overall health care costs. So make sure you evaluate your prescription drug coverage to help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations and allow for a healthy 2015. Did you know, for example, that the Medicare Part D program was tied to an 8 percent decrease in hospital admissions for seniors?

The importance of access to the wellbeing of patients, and ensuring they have access to the medicines they need, will continue to be a priority. Follow The Catalyst, Twitter and Facebook each week for more information and news.

Topics: Medicines in Development, Research and Development, Access, Patients, Part D, Medicare, Access Better Coverage

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