Today, Aimed Alliance sent thank you letters to 74 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. At Aimed Alliance’s and Patients Rising Now’s urging, the members had written a letter calling on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to implement certain patient protections into its Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2021 (NBPP 2021). More specifically, the members asked the agency to prohibit health insurers from using copay accumulators unless patients have access to both a generic and brand medication.
Yet, in May, 2020, HHS released the final NBPP 2021 without implementing that recommendation. Many patients may now face increased financial hardship due to the economic downturn stemming from the COVID-19 public health emergency. As such, Aimed Alliance also encouraged the 74 members to again reach out to HHS and ask that the agency implement patient protections regarding copay accumulators until the economy recovers.
Read our letter here.