In a letter sent to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Richard Sagall praised HHS in the Department’s initial indications that the new QHP’s were unlike Medicare and Medicaid, and therefore eligible to accept pharmacy manufacturer coupons. Recent communications have sent a contrary message to patients and those in the healthcare industry. These comments need to be clarified, and the use of discounts for the purchase of prescription medications should be allowed.
“We at NeedyMeds agree with the Obama Administration’
An initial analysis of newly available healthcare plans by Avalere Health showed that while premiums were lower for the insured, out-of-pocket costs for medical services and prescription drug coverage would be higher, making the use of discounts and patient assistance programs for prescription drugs critical to ensuring access to medications.
Study after study shows that as the cost of a prescription rises, the rate of medication adherence decreases. Non-adherence to prescribed medication has been shown to increase costs of other healthcare services, including emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
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