Rural Hospital Closures Further Complicates Healthcare Access in Mississippi

By Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, Ph.D. Hospital closures, service cuts, and lack of medical care in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the state—that is the status of hospitals and medical care in Mississippi, where 38 rural hospitals (54%) are expected to shutter their...

Contract Changes Leave DoD TRICARE Beneficiaries Without Pharmacy Access

By Surabhi Dangi-Garimella, Ph.D. Cigna’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), Express Scripts, has introduced network changes that have reduced the number of retail pharmacies within the Department of Defense (DoD)’s TRICARE benefits program by 15,000. Many of these are...

Most Popular Podcast Episodes in 2022 From Patients Rising

Patients Rising Podcast covers a wide range of healthcare topics and invites experts and stakeholders to share their opinions, thoughts, and experiences with our audience. Here are some of our most popular episodes from 2022: Middlemen and Healthcare Costs: Middlemen...

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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