AMA Patients' Action Network
Started 4 petitions
Act to put patients before politics!
In March, Republican Congressional leaders introduced their blueprint for health system reform known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). After a failed attempt at passage, Congress returned from recess with changes that take an already flawed bill and make it even worse. As currently drafted, this legislation would result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage and benefits. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office last month estimated 14 million could lose coverage in 2018 in addition to a projected $880 billion cut to Medicare over the next decade. Not only will millions lose coverage under the proposed AHCA, but replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits makes coverage more expensive for poor and sick Americans. This change puts meaningful health care coverage out of reach for many Americans. And now, GOP leaders want to allow states the ability to opt-out of the pre-existing conditions protections, which could lead to millions more at risk of losing coverage or being priced out by skyrocketing premiums. This is simply unacceptable and cannot happen. Make your voice heard – contact your lawmakers today and urge them to keep millions of Americans insured by saying no to AHCA!
Act to put patients before politics!
In early March, Republican Congressional leaders introduced their blueprint for health system reform known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA). As currently drafted, this legislation would result in millions of Americans losing health care coverage. In fact, 14 million could lose coverage in 2018, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Not only will millions lose coverage under the proposed AHCA, but replacing income-based premium subsidies with age-based tax credits makes coverage more expensive for poor and sick Americans. This change puts health care coverage out of reach for many Americans. As Congress works through this legislation, it’s crucial that changes be made to ensure those currently covered are protected. Americans, including low and moderate income individuals, must be able to secure affordable and meaningful coverage! And, Medicaid (as well as other critical safety net programs) must be protected and appropriately funded. The current AHCA would result in the most vulnerable population losing their coverage, and this is simply unacceptable. Make your voice heard – contact your lawmakers today and urge them to make these critical changes!
Help make prescription drug pricing transparent
For patients relying on life-saving medication, this is the most important thing you can do. Pharmaceutical manufacturers, insurance companies, and pharmacy benefit managers negotiate pricing agreements on the medicines that matter most. But, what’s behind their pricing decisions? Patients like you spend billions on their medication, and deserve to know why it costs what it does. The current business model makes it difficult to know if drug intermediaries are putting profits ahead of patient care. But, increasing drug price transparency would help give patients the full story. Here are three things Congress can do: 1. Ensure that pharmaceutical companies disclose all costs that contribute to a medication’s price. 2. Demand health insurers increase transparency about formularies, prescription drug tiering and cost-sharing requirements. 3. Require pharmacy benefit managers to disclose formulary information to patients and physicians. Prescriptions aren’t like other products on the market. Like food and water, they can mean life or death. You have the right to know how drug intermediaries negotiate the prices of medication to better understand the cost behind the prescriptions you rely on. Stand up for patients – tell Congress to make prescription drug pricing transparent.
America’s opioid abuse epidemic is killing thousands every year - help us stop it!
Opioid misuse, addiction, overdose and death have become an epidemic in America. In fact, over the past 15 years, the nation's opioid epidemic has claimed more than 250,000 lives, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In the last year alone, nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses. Physicians have stepped up as leaders in preventing and reducing misuse, addiction, overdose and death from prescription drugs. They understand that the opioid epidemic is complex and that a multi-pronged approach is needed. Congress has only recently turned its attention to this most urgent issue by passing some initial reforms that would expand physician office-based treatment of opioid use disorders. While this is an encouraging first step, lawmakers have much more work to do to ensure the safety of families across the country. Specifically, Congress must pass and fully fund additional measures that increase coverage for—and access to—comprehensive treatment for opioid use disorder (e.g., medication-assisted treatment and increased access to overdose prevention measures). These basic reforms are absolutely critical to seriously addressing the opioid crisis that continues to plague our country. We are needlessly losing thousands of people to a preventable epidemic. Make your voice heard in our nation’s capital – urge your legislators to take action today!