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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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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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Action Update – Senate Vote on Health Bill Tuesday

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 24, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Just when we thought the Senate Republican’s healthcare efforts would fail to advance, it now appears a vote will be held tomorrow. Two pieces of legislation are being considered: the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), or a straight repeal and delay of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Though it is unclear which bill will go to […]

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NPA Statement on Newest Senate Health Care Bill – Devastating Cuts to Medicaid and Impact on Patients – Too Little Help for Opioid Crisis

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 14, 2017 at 1:10 PM

“By now stripping away many of the healthcare consumer protections passed under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), allowing insurers to discriminate based on pre-existing conditions and selling plans that are essentially junk coverage, Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans took an already very harmful bill and made it even worse. This bill still contains devastating […]

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#DoctorsSpeakOut Against the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Posted by Becky Martin, NPA Advocacy Director July 2, 2017 at 10:30 PM

Physicians across the nation are deeply concerned over the proposed Senate health care bill and are speaking out.  Members of the NPA, the Clinician Action Network, and #DoctorsSpeakOut are submitting comments and short video-recordings to be shared with senators.  Tell us in just 1-2 sentences why “Medicaid Matters to My Patients.” Read comments, see more […]

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