Episode 19: Prescription Price Transparency

In this week's episode of the Patients Rising Podcast, Terry and Bob discuss the role of Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) in raising the price and reducing the supply of medications.  PBMs are middlemen between drug manufacturers and insurers. They drive up drug...

Episode 18: Covid-19 Exposes Racial Disparities in the Healthcare System 

On this episode of the Patients Rising podcast, Terry and Bob discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the racial disparities that plague the American healthcare system. They explain how this racial care gap must be closed, so everyone can get the treatment they...

Podcast 17: Better Access to Treatments with The 21st Century Cures Act 2.0

On this week's episode of the Patients Rising Podcast, Terry and Bob discuss the second installment of the 21st Century Cures Act, a successor to the original 21st Century Cures Act passed in 2016. While the original legislation focused on modernizing the discovery of...

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From Our Patient Advocates

As a patient, I expect to be able to access the health care services I need.

“Medicare refuses to cover my tube feeds. Since my doctor is unable to show proof that I will need my feeding tube forever, they don’t deem it as necessary. Reality is, without my feeding tube I wouldn’t be here today. I need it to survive. The rules and regulations are a one-size-fits-all model for humans who are complex and unique.”

Carolanne Monteleone

Gastroparesis Patient, Pennsylvania

As a patient, health care decisions will remain between me and my doctor.

“It is essential to find a doctor or team who not only listens to and believes you but also respects you, it’s all too easy to get overlooked, ending up with your insurance company dictating your care. I owe my parents everything for taking me to a psychiatrist when I was six or seven and unable to function due to my intrusive thoughts and obsessive tendencies. I can’t imagine how much more painful my childhood might have been otherwise. Access to the right kind of medical care can be not only the difference between life and death, it can also be the difference between misery and a life worth living.”

Hannah Page

Borderline Personality Disorder, New York, NY

As a patient, additional health care costs will be limited by my health insurance company.

“Insurance should protect me from catastrophic costs as that’s the purpose of insurance. My costs should be a reflection of my care, not the cost of a company doing business. I will not be charged unreasonable or unexpected out-of-pocket costs for services after I have paid my premiums. Why should patients like me pay coinsurance based off the list price and not the negotiated rebate price? My insurance company should work to minimize my out of pocket costs and concentrate on providing care to me and my family.”

Bob Tufts

Multiple Myeloma, New York, NY