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Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: Recommendations for State-Level Initiatives to Rein in Rx Prices

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director August 8, 2017 at 6:34 PM

The Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), in collaboration with the National Physicians Alliance and the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, has released a policy paper entitled, “Curbing Unfair Drug Prices: A Primer for States.” This paper is intended to catalyze and further state-level initiatives to rein in prescription drug prices. The high cost […]

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ACA Open Enrollment Ends Dec 15

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director December 8, 2017 at 4:44 PM

Despite what many think health coverage is still available through the ACA, and it’s cheaper than ever before – most people can find plans with monthly premiums less than $75 and many can find plans with $0 monthly premiums. Enrolling is easy, and most people qualify for financial help that lowers their monthly premiums. Encourage […]

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Calling Physician Advocates! 2018 Copello Fellowship Opens – Application Deadline Dec 4

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director November 14, 2017 at 3:55 PM

The NPA Copello Fellowship is designed to support physicians in becoming effective patient advocates in their communities and nationally. Selected Fellows will build skills in collaboration with nine other fellows in key states to plan and implement strategies at the state and national level to reduce high Rx drug costs and promote “patients first” health […]

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“Choosing Wisely” Antimicrobial Resistance efforts and the links to other international efforts

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 31, 2017 at 8:15 PM

Written by Richard Seifman, JD, MBA, NPA Board Member “Choosing Wisely”, a concept in which the National Physicians Alliance was instrumental, held its “Opportunities and Challenges in Curbing Medical Overuse” conference, held at Health Affairs and sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, on October 24, 2017 in Washington D.C. Choosing Wisely, a movement only […]

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At What Cost? A Forum on prescription Drug Prices

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director October 10, 2017 at 12:01 AM

Written by Susan Molchan, MD, NPA Board Chair-Elect Last week I attended “At What Cost? A Forum on prescription Drug Prices,” organized by The Atlantic magazine. My concern that the prices we pay for too many drugs are not worth their promised benefits is one of the reasons I joined NPA. As a former FDA […]

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Tom Price Must Go

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 29, 2017 at 11:57 AM

We’ve been here before. Almost a year ago, we opposed the nomination of Dr. Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services. As clinicians who put our patients first, today we call for Tom  Price to resign. It’s time for Tom Price to go. A year ago, we were concerned that Dr. Price did […]

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Thank Jimmy Kimmel for Speaking Out!

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 23, 2017 at 5:25 PM

The NPA has diagnosed Jimmy Kimmel with a rare case of “Profound Moral Courage” and we invite you to co-sign the chart! With all seriousness, as doctors, we want to thank Jimmy Kimmel, for taking on Senator Cassidy and debunking the lies built into the Graham-Cassidy Republican health care bill. On his show Jimmy said it’s […]

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Renewed Attempt to Repeal ACA: Call Your Senators to Today! Urge Rejection of  Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director September 17, 2017 at 10:45 PM

Senators Graham (SC) & Cassidy (LA) are advancing a new ACA repeal bill and pressing for a vote in the Senate that would be devastating for patients and communities. This ill-conceived bill: Converts the Medicaid program to block grants with per capita caps Ends Medicaid Expansion Punished people with Pre-Existing Conditions Eliminates subsidies that help […]

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Tom Price, RUC, and Reasonable Physician Fees

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director August 7, 2017 at 11:39 AM

Written by James Rickert, MD, NPA Board Member and Orthopedic Surgeon CMS’ reliance on the American Medical Associations Relative Value Update Committee (RUC) to set physician reimbursement rates is misguided and should be curtailed.  Things were moving this way under the Obama Administration with officials within CMS taking greater and greater responsibility for determining appropriate […]

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NPA Speaks Out on Senate Vote on Motion to Proceed with ACA Repeal

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 25, 2017 at 10:55 PM

The National Physicians Alliance continues to oppose efforts by Republicans in the Senate to take away healthcare from millions of our patients and ask millions more to pay more for less. Through a rushed and secretive process, the Senate has taken a dangerous step forward in wreaking havoc on our patients lives and the healthcare […]

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