This morning, PhRMA joined Morning Consult to host a panel of experts discussing where health care coverage stands now and where we need to go. The conversation was spurred by a recent poll Morning Consult produced on behalf of PhRMA that asked 1,908 registered voters their thoughts about health coverage. Event participants engaged online through Twitter chat using the hashtag #CoverageInYear2, and some highlights from the conversation are below:
Panelists agreed patients need tools and transparent and usable information about health insurance plans and the costs associated with accessing needed services. Panelists shared stories about the challenges patients are facing now including surprising out-of-pocket costs or high coinsurance when they try to access health care services and treatments.
New polling from Morning Consult found more than 60 percent of Americans are concerned about the out-of-pocket costs associated with their health coverage.
Allyson Funk Ally is a former senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focused on advocacy issues for the biopharmaceutical industry. Her expertise includes Medicare, Medicaid, 340B, health reform and more. Prior to PhRMA, her experience included leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients and working for the governor of Louisiana.