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Providing input on policy solutions to the healthcare affordability crisis

The problem of healthcare access and affordability is complex. But solutions are possible. We share evidence-based policy recommendations with key stakeholders to advocate for improved healthcare access and affordability.

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Testimony to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on lowering the cost of prescription drugs

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  • October 14, 2021

    The Social Determinants Accelerator Act would improve health outcomes and maximize existing and future federal investments in health, food, housing, transportation, and other important drivers of health.

  • September 9, 2021

    The lack of a cap on out-of-pocket costs is one of the biggest challenges for Part D beneficiaries. Individuals with commercial coverage have an out-of-pocket cost cap for all covered medical care. An annual out-of-pocket cost cap will bring the Part D program in line with most other types of insurance and ensure Medicare beneficiaries have access to vital and life-saving medicines.

  • July 23, 2021

    Older adults who do not get the dental, hearing, and vision services they need, or who have to delay needed treatment because of cost, are at greater risk for avoidable emergency department visits, hospitalizations, skilled nursing facility visits, falls, isolation, depression, dementia, and greater dependence on family caregivers.

  • July 19, 2021

    The Seniors Prescription Drug Relief Act would cap annual out-of-pocket costs in the Medicare Part D program and institute a mechanism to smooth these costs throughout the plan year.