Stop Discrimination Against Eric and Others with Arthritis

Stop Discrimination Against Eric and Others with Arthritis

    1. Sponsored by

      Arthritis Foundation

Health insurance is your safety net. It promises to protect your savings and your future in the event of an accident or illness. Today, thousands of Americans dependent on biologic drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, MS and Crohn’s and are finding this promise empty.

Many commercial insurance plans have placed the costliest drugs, like biologics, in "specialty tiers." Insurers pay only a small percent of specialty tier drug costs, leaving patients to pick up the tab. Drugs that were formerly covered with $30 or $50 co-pays now cost patients hundreds or thousands of dollars each month to access.

It is simply unacceptable that people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis are subjected to unfair and discriminatory insurance policies. These medications help people live their lives to the fullest and from becoming disabled.

The Patients' Access to Treatments Act of 2012 (H.R. 4209 / PATA) restores insurance to its founding principles: a system of protection for people in their time of need. If enacted, PATA will limit commercial health insurers from charging more for biologic treatments than they do for other non-preferred brand drugs.

PATA had a strong bipartisan introduction but needs more sponsors to get the attention needed to pass.

Eric needs your help getting other Members of Congress to sponsor this legislation. Please ask your U.S. Representative to sponsor PATA and end discrimination against people with arthritis.

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    • Tokunbo A. S.F., CA
      • 9 months ago
    • Michael Dumas ALTO, GA
      • 9 months ago

      My disease is too far advanced for biologics to help but others deserve a chance for access during early stages when they are most effective,sadly,they are very costly.I am unable to get the pain meds I need and suffer daily because of discrimination from doctors in this state and our healthcare company.

    • Carmen Coleman OLYMPIA, WA
      • 12 months ago

      Having been awarded SSDI 3 years ago and becoming eligible for Medicare one year ago I have lost access to biologic drug treatment for RA. In upcoming 2014 coverage for these medications declines. Drug manufacturers do not offer charity for these drugs if you are a Medicare recipient. I am loosing the will to go on living in this pain. The new trend in America may be to marry for health insurance benefit rather than for citizenship. I am 50. Diagnosed 15 years ago. This drug discrimination cannot continue to be legal when it is proven that biologics are the most effective and sometimes the only effective treatment for autoimmune disordered inflammatory conditions.

    • Nicholas Turkas CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 1 year ago

      Health care is a right.

    • Vikki Iannucci SMITHTOWN, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I have multiple sclerosis, and my brother has psoriatic arthritis.


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