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  1. December 18, 2019

    In Light of Court Decision, NPAF Calls to Defend ACA

    While the ACA is still intact today, uncertainty over tomorrow creates stress for both individual patients and the health care system as a whole. Not only are patients subject to misinformation, but we have already seen how insurers may raise rates to protect themselves from marketplace uncertainty caused by judicial and legislative threats to the ACA. We do not know how the lower court will rule, nor do we know how the Supreme Court will decide should the court agree to hear the case. What we do know, though, is that the protections afforded to patients in the ACA were long overdue and now sacrosanct. So, while this decision injects further uncertainty into the future of the Affordable Care Act, it only solidifies our resolve to defend the protections we gained under its auspices through advocacy action.”

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  2. June 27, 2019

    40 Groups Join NPAF to Say to OMB: Don’t Take Basic Benefits Away from Millions of Americans

    Forty non-profit organizations, representing patients, religious groups, retirees and civil rights advocates, united in protest of a recent proposal by the Trump Administration that could take away health care, food and other basic assistance from millions of Americans. The organizations represent patients and other groups that rely on assistance programs for access to health care, food, housing and other safety net programs.

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  3. June 10, 2019

    Small Technical Change Would Take Basic Benefits Away from Millions of Americans

    A recent proposal by the Trump Administration would take away health care, food and other basic assistance from millions of Americans, according to the National Patient Advocate Foundation, which also urged other advocacy groups and concerned individuals to submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) protesting the proposed rule.

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  4. May 29, 2019

    Improved Medical Debt Relief Act Endorsed by Patient Advocates

    The newly re-introduced Medical Debt Relief Act will shield millions of patients nationwide from unfair credit-reporting practices, according to the NPAF. The Medical Debt Relief Act of 2019, introduced by Senator Jeff Merkley, prohibits credit bureaus from including medical collections on reports for an entire year, starting from the first time a patient is notified of the debt. While some credit agencies place a 180-day embargo before citing past due medical bills on credit reports, there is no current governance and the practice is not uniformly followed.

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  5. May 20, 2019

    Patients’ Comments Matter: HHS Continues 6 Protected Classes in Medicare

    In a show of solidarity with the millions of patients who would have been adversely affected by a proposed Medicare Part D rule, today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it would continue its policy of protecting patients with serious illnesses like cancer, HIV/AIDS and epilepsy. NPAF along with scores of other patient groups, wrote to HHS with concerns, warning that changes to the six protected classes “would result in adverse patient outcomes,” and would come at the “expense of patients who rely on Medicare as a lifeline.”

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