Coalition of Over 20 National Patient Advocacy Organizations Applaud Reintroduction of Federal Legislation to Safeguard Vital Assistance for America’s Chronically Ill

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of over 20 leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today applauded Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) for reintroducing the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3976).

Marketplace Access Project Urges CMS to Allow Charities to Continue to Assist Americans with Chronic & Life-Threatening Medical Conditions

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today responded to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) regarding regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), urging the agency to modify a federal rule that allows insurance companies to deny coverage to patients who receive assistance from charities under the ACA...

Marketplace Access Project Applauds Bipartisan Letter from 184 Members of Congress Urging HHS to Protect Life-Saving Charitable Patient Assistance

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium and cost-sharing assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today applauded 184 members of the U.S. Congress for their letter urging Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price to protect non-profit patient assistance by modifying a rule by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allowing health insurers to deny coverage to patients who receive premium and cost-sharing assistance from charitable organizations.

Marketplace Access Project Statement on 2017 ACA Open Enrollment Period & Rising Health Insurance Premiums

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today released the following statement in response to the beginning of the 2017 open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the anticipated rise in premium costs.

Over 700 Patients & Advocates Urge CMS to Protect Life-Saving Premium Assistance

The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today announced that more than 85 percent of the 829 responders to a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Request for Information (RFI) regarding the impact of third-party premium assistance expressed their support for non-profit programs that provide premium assistance to patients in-need. 

Marketplace Access Project Reaches 100 Bipartisan Cosponsors for Legislation to Protect Non-Profit Premium Assistance for Individuals with Chronic and Life-Threatening Illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 12, 2016) – The Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a group of leading national patient advocacy organizations dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses, today announced that it has reached 100 bipartisan cosponsors for the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742), commonsense legislation that would protect non-profit patient assistance and allow charities to continue to be charitable. H.R. 3742 would modify the existing rule by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding third-party premium assistance to require health insurers to accept assistance from non-profit charities on behalf of patients.

The Washington Post: Nonprofits Serve As a Bridge to Better Health Care

Although the District’s uninsured rate has fallen in recent years, many of DC’s most vulnerable patients are struggling to keep up with the premium payments necessary to maintain their health care coverage. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important step to help increase access to health care locally, without a sustainable solution to address the rising cost of treatment, thousands of DC residents could be left out in the cold. Fortunately, local charitable assistance programs have stepped in to serve as a temporary bridge to care, at no added cost to the public.

Inside Health Policy: Patient Groups Push Bill Requiring QHPs To Accept Charity Pay

Patient advocacy groups are pushing bipartisan legislation that would require qualified health plans to accept premium payments from charitable organizations since CMS has so far refused to impose such a requirement. Patient organizations say CMS' silence on the issue leads plans to reject payments on behalf of chronically ill patients and threatens to undermine the goal of the Affordable Care Act.
CMS issued an interim final rule in March 2014 clarifying that QHPs must accept third-party payments from the Ryan White program and from tribal entities, but did not mandate that plans need to accept payments from charitable organizations. Advocates say this led to plans rejecting payments in at least 35 states.

 

The Hill: A new "pre-existing condition" for those living with chronic and life-threatening illnesses

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, it took the historic step of preventing health insurers from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. Unfortunately, guidance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is now risking those gains and keeping essential treatments and services out of reach for vulnerable patients who need them the most. In so doing, CMS has inadvertently turned not being able to afford your health insurance premium into the new ‘pre-existing condition.’ This is contrary to the intent of the ACA.

Leading Patient Advocacy Groups Launch ‘Marketplace Access Project’ to Protect Non-Profit Premium Assistance for Individuals with Chronic & Life-Threatening Illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 5, 2016) – A group of leading national patient advocacy organizations today launched the Marketplace Access Project (MAP), a patient advocacy movement dedicated to protecting non-profit insurance premium assistance for individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Guidance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows health insurers to deny coverage to patients enrolled in qualified Exchange plans by rejecting the premium assistance patients receive from non-profit charities. MAP is urging Congress to pass the Access to Marketplace Insurance Act (H.R. 3742), bipartisan legislation that would protect non-profit patient assistance and allow charities to continue to be charitable. 

Morning Consult: Congress Should Protect Premium Assistance for Individuals Living with Chronic Conditions

Congress took an historic step to prevent health insurers from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions when it passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Unfortunately, recent guidance from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) may be inadvertently creating a new ‘pre-existing condition’ that is keeping essential treatments and services out of reach for patients who need them the most.