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Medicare Part D Open Enrollment: October 15 - December 7, 2017

Access a factsheet about Medicare Part D enrollment for Georgians at /sites/advocatesforresponsiblecare.org/files/Georgia%20Open%20Enrollment%20Toolkit.pdf.

Step Therapy bill is Alive, PartD and Biosimilar coding

Dear ARxC Partners,

 

We hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. We have some news and Calls to Action to please consider:

 

STEP THERAPY BILL HB 519 is Alive!

Now An Eternal Love

Leigh and Karson share their love for the symbol for eternity. Leigh wears eternity earrings and Karson wears an eternity ring given to her by Leigh. The two circles the eight forms have no ending and no beginning and continue in its pattern forever. In Feng Shui, the infinity knot is special and is used to create what's called the mystic knot. The eternity sign symbolizes unending luck, prosperity and abundance; ensuring the energy they attract will be never-ending. This symbol embodies Karson and Leigh.

Celebrate Medicare!

#OurLivesOnTheLine

 

Medicare is disproportionately important for women and for aging people of color since they are least able to afford the high cost of healthcare and the most likely to have health issues. These groups are also more likely to be dual eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

 

·      Nationally, 58% of Medicare enrollees are women.

CBO Score Update on BCRA

A CBO score was released on the revised version of a Senate Healthcare bill (BCRA) (the Cruz amendment is not included) which shows that this latest version of the bill would result in 22 million people losing coverage over a decade. That is simply unacceptable.

ARxC Update for Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)

July 17, 2017

This latest version of the Senate’s Health care Bill does not fix any problems. The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the draft bill released by the Senate on June 22, threatens public health in two critical ways. (https://www.budget.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/SENATEHEALTHCARE.pdf)

CALL TO ACTION: Oppose AHCA, Protect the ACA

June 25, 2017 UPDATE

ACA vs. AHCA: Know the Facts

At ARxC, we are dedicated to the protection of quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act or ACA (also known as ‘Obamacare’) ensures these protections are in place. The law, while not perfect, provides access to the care and treatment their providers prescribe.

Call to Action: Oppose the BCBS ER Policy

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Georgia Chapter said a policy that Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBS) plans to implement in July, making subscribers pay for any emergency department visit that turns out not to an emergency, violates the “prudent layperson” standard, which is codified in federal law, including the Affordable Care Act. It’s also law in more than 30 states.  The standard requires Emergency Room (ER) insurance coverage based on patient’s symptoms, not their final diagnosis.

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