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.
At ARxC, we agree that the Affordable Care Act, (ACA, also known as ‘Obamacare’), can be improved. We also know that we are dedicated to the protection of quality, comprehensive, and affordable health care for all Americans. We want to maintain the many important protections patients have gained from the ACA that ensures they can access the care and treatment their providers prescribe. We believe the ACA supports and maintains accessibility, affordability, quality, responsiveness, choices and transparency, and innovative patient-centered care.
Georgia Health Care Legislation Update: After Crossover Day
Crossover Day is the day a bill must cross from its chamber (House or Senate) of origin to the opposite chamber to remain viable for this legislative session. Here are some bills that made it through.
Surprise Billing bills keep moving
ARxC is the proud fiscal sponsor of the March for Science Atlanta. Join the cause at www.marchforscienceatlanta.org.
February 28, 2017
The Advocates for Responsible Care (ARxC) is the proud fiscal sponsor for the March for Science Atlanta.
Science-based evidence is the foundation from which we advocate for the responsible care of all people, all communities, and the environment that we share.
ARxC fully supports the national mission of the March for Science.
Legislative Update Week of 2.27.17
Surprise Billing Legislation – SB8 & HB71
SB 8 received unanimous approval by the Senate on Friday, which means the bill will proceed to the House of Representatives to be considered. We expect to see some changes to the legislation as it moves through the House but anticipate that consumer protections and transparency requirements will remain intact. HB 71 will be voted on by the House of Representatives tomorrow, February 28, 2017.
ARxC Call to Action: Insist that HIV funding will continue without interruption or changes in resources
The Trump Administration has hinted to the possibility of cutting funds for HIV/AIDS treatment.
Read the latest article a on The Future of HIV Funding Under President Trump at http://www.specialtypharmacytimes.com/news/the-future-of-hiv-funding-under-president-trump.
Call your Senators and House Representative to insist that HIV funding will continue without any interruptions or changes in resources.
Courtesy of the National Health Law Program:
President-Elect and Congressional leadership to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will strip health care coverage from tens of millions of individuals and increase health care costs for millions more. Congressional Republicans are rushing ahead to destroy the ACA and the expansion of Medicaid.
1. Access to care
a. Eliminating fail first policies through Step Therapy legislation
b. Limiting out of pocket costs for Specialty Tier medications
c. Ensuring health access for the Non-eligible and uninsured
d. Safeguarding opiod overdose by establishing prevention coalitions
2. Patient Protections and Physician Relationships
a. Establishing Universal prior authorization
VOTE on November 8th or earlier...and be sure to familiarize yourself with the 4 proposed constitutional amendments
VOTE NOV 8, 2016 (or earlier)