WASHINGTON — Patients Rising Executive Director Terry Wilcox today released the following statement regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ new report on prescription drug affordability for Medicare Part D patients: “Action must be taken to make...
On this episode of the podcast, Terry and Bob discuss a new threat to chronic disease patients in Oregon. The state is seeking a Medicaid waiver to limit patient access to medications. Specifically, the plan would incorporate the flawed quality of life-years metric to...
Proposed decision will Exacerbate Health Inequities, Undermine FDA WASHINGTON — Patients Rising Executive Director Terry Wilcox today released the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service proposed decision on the national coverage...
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From Our Patient Advocates
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”