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Patients in Massachusetts will continue to have access to prescription drug discount programs until 2023!

In 2012, Massachusetts became the final state in the nation to enact legislation allowing patients to redeem prescription drug discount coupons at pharmacies to reduce co-pay costs. The…

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Letter to Budget Conferees

November 23, 2020

The Honorable Aaron Michlewitz, Chair House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Denise C. Garlick, Vice-Chair House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Todd M. Smola, Ranking Minority Member House Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable Michael J. Rodrigues, Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means

The Honorable…

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Budget Conference Committee Named

In the coming days, the newly formed FY 2021 Budget Committee will reconcile the House and Senate budgets.  This includes language to extend a law that allows the use of prescription drug co-pay assistance programs for Massachusetts patients.  This is a critical piece of legislation to help patients afford…

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Letter to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

June 30, 2020

Mr. David Seltz

Executive Director

Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

50 Milk Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02143

Re: Coupons, discounts, and other product vouchers for prescription drugs – notice of public listening session

Dear Mr. Seltz,

In light of the upcoming Health Policy Commission meeting in July, the undersigned patient, provider, and consumer organizations…

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Patients testify before lawmakers on step therapy

On October 8th, Sammantha Dorazio testified before the Joint Committee on Healthcare Financing on the need for Step Therapy Reform

 

“My name is Sammantha Dorazio. I have dealt with (diagnosis) for (number of) years. Navigating my disease and treatment has not been easy to say the least.

When…

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FOX 25: Prescription pricing strategy—where it the money going?

Boston 25 News is digging deeper into a prescription drug pricing strategy that some say is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.

Reporter Jim Morelli has been looking into this issue for months and found it has to do with the way many Medicaid prescriptions are handled in Massachusetts.

Morelli spoke with…

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Why a patient paid a $285 copay for a $40 drug

By Megan Thompson

PBS: Two years ago Gretchen Liu, 78, had a transient ischemic attack — which experts sometimes call a “mini stroke” — while on a trip to China. After she recovered and returned home to San Francisco, her doctor prescribed a generic medication called telmisartan to help…

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Do prescription drug middlemen help keep prices high?

By Megan Thompson & Mori Rothman

PBS: Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any country in the world, and the pharmaceutical industry earns billions in profits each year. Critics blame pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, for a portion of those high costs through their role as middlemen between…

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Hank Investigates: Prescription Copays

By Hank Phillippi Ryan

WHDH: You might be paying more than you have to for your prescription drugs and have no idea. Hank Phillippi Ryan reveals how asking one simple question could save you money at the pharmacy. 7 Investigates.

When you pick up your prescription at the drug store you…

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Premiums soar 21 percent for popular health plan

By Felice J. Freyer

The Boston Globe

Thousands of people who buy subsidized health insurance will face substantial premium increases — an average of 21 percent — if they want to keep the only plan that gives them access to certain prestigious Boston hospitals.

That insurer, Neighborhood Health Plan, has raised…

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Cancer Meds Often Bring Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients, Report Finds

Cancer Meds Often Bring Big Out-Of-Pocket Costs For Patients, Report Finds

By Julie Appleby November 19, 2015

 

Cancer patients shopping on federal and state insurance marketplaces often find it difficult to determine whether their drugs are covered and how much they will pay for them, the advocacy arm of the American Cancer Society…

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Higson: Help with high drug costs

Living with a chronic disease is not easy.  It’s a challenge that both my husband and I deal with every day.  For many of us living with long-term diseases, the hope that the Affordable Care Act would eliminate worries about the high cost of healthcare hasn’t rung true.

Doctors visits, repeated tests, finding…

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HIGH-COST HEALING

Expensive new specialty drugs offer hope to patients with rare and chronic illnesses but also leave many worrying about paying for them  

BY FELI CE J. FR EYER   I   GLOBE STAFF

Every year, Cora Higson fills out a sheaf of forms and waits several long, anxious days to…

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COSTLY CO-PAYS

Anchor: Those suffering from chronic pain are looking for relief, and they’re actually turning to Beacon Hill for help. A new bill will help make drugs for chronic and rare diseases more affordable, drugs many fear they’ll have to go without, simply because they can’t afford them. …

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PRESCRIPTION CAP: Bill would help curb prescription costs

Monahan: The Affordable Care Act was designed to make health insurance less expensive, but for some patients with chronic conditions, the cost of prescription medications has grown increasingly unaffordable. A proposed bill in the Massachusetts legislature would cap those costs, keeping patients from financial hardship.

Cora Higson…

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