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3 takeaways from a cardiologist on prior authorization requirements


From patient assistance bans to limited networks and discriminatory drug cost sharing, medical insurance companies have created a wide variety of barriers to health care access for patients with chronic conditions.

One tactic receiving recent attention is prior authorization – a requirement from health insurers that forces patients to wait to find out whether treatment prescribed […]

June 22nd, 2017|Health News|

Three inspirational stories from teens living with scoliosis


While June is Scoliosis Awareness Month, for the estimated 6 million Americans affected by scoliosis, treating and preventing the chronic disease is an ongoing and often challenging effort.

Scoliosis, the abnormal curvature of the spine, predominantly emerges in children around the time of puberty and growth spurts, usually occurring in youths between 10 to 15 years […]

June 20th, 2017|Advocacy, Health News|

How U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler saved her baby


Not every member of Congress has as direct of an understanding of chronic disease as Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Washington.

When she and her husband were preparing to have their first child, a doctor delivered grim news to the couple: Their unborn baby had Potter Syndrome, a condition that develops in utero when there are no […]

June 15th, 2017|Health News|

When a health insurer can cost you your life


We all know that having your health insurer refuse to cover a needed medication or treatment can be an annoyance. But for many patients, this rejection is deadly.

The Institute for Patient Access recently issued report cards showing how health insurance plans are doing when it comes to patient access to crucial cardiovascular treatments. The results […]

June 14th, 2017|Health News|

Patient Advocate Spotlight: Cynthia Covert


Even though Cynthia Covert has been diagnosed with multiple chronic diseases, including psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and endometriosis, she sees a bright future. “Health care is about being healthy,” says Covert. “It’s not about whether I have a prescription to treat chronic pain.”

A resident of Southern California, Covert’s journey with chronic disease began in 2001 after […]

June 12th, 2017|Patients' Stories|

Cancer survivors face increased workplace discrimination


Surviving cancer is tough enough. But as many cancer patients make their way back to work, they also face discrimination at the hands of their employers.

A recent study found that approximately four in 10 people returning to work after cancer treatment had been unfairly treated. Of the 168 adults surveyed, “37 percent of people returning […]

June 8th, 2017|Health News|

7 chronic diseases service dogs help to manage


It was a great relief to learn that the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with a girl whose Michigan school refused to allow her service dog in class. Ehlena Fry, 13, was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition that limits her mobility. Her service dog, a goldendoodle named Wonder, has been trained to help […]

June 7th, 2017|Health News|

Four diabetic alert dogs who are heroes on a daily basis


When people think of service animals, many conjure up the image of guide dogs, therapy pets and emotional support animals. But have you ever heard of a diabetic alert dog?

For the estimated 29 million Americans that now live with diabetes, diabetic alert dogs can offer an effective method to help monitor and manage blood sugar […]

June 1st, 2017|Health News|

Members of Congress urge administration to lift discriminatory ban on charitable patient assistance programs


More than 180 members of Congress are urging the federal government to revise a misguided and harmful policy that lets health insurers ban people from paying for their insurance premiums if they rely on patient assistance programs.

Revising the rule would help to protect the estimated 250,000 people who rely on charitable assistance to afford their […]

May 31st, 2017|Advocacy, Coalition Updates, Health News|

Patient Advocate Spotlight: Traci Patterson


Traci Patterson has a rare perspective on chronic disease. She not only treats those who suffer from chronic pain – she has also been a patient herself.

Patterson was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) after a surgery went awry. She says she’s fortunate compared to many who suffer from chronic pain, as she happened […]

May 25th, 2017|Patients' Stories|