The “I Am (Still) Essential” campaign, representing hundreds of patient groups and their allies, was successful in advocating for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make critical changes in Essential Health Benefits for 2016 and beyond.
Now, in order to realize these important patient protections and improve access to care, HHS must enforce these new requirements. These include new transparency provisions and exceptions processes along with adequate drug coverage and standards with which to guard against discriminatory practices such as high patient cost-sharing and excessive use of prior authorization and other medical management techniques. Federal review of the 2016 plans begins May 18th.
In order to urge HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell and her staff to conduct a thorough review of the plans and reject those that do not comply with these new patient protections, a coalition of patient groups is circulating d a SIGN-ON LETTER . If you would like your patient organization to sign on to the letter, please fill out this form or go to http://bit.ly/1IH4x1c by COB Thursday, May 14, 2015.