Health Reform

I Am Essential comments to Republican and Democatic National Platform Committees

Below are public comments that the I Am Essential coalition submitted to the Republican National Platform Committee and the Democratic National Platform Committee in advance of the 2016 national conventions.

Florida to Continue Patient Cost-sharing Limits for HIV Drugs in 2017

The AIDS Institute praises the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FOIR) for requiring insurers to again limit patient cost-sharing for HIV medications as they submit for review their 2017 Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).

Letter to FL Insurance Commissioner on lack of coverage for HCV drugs in QHPs in Florida

Below is a letter to the Florida Insurance Commissioner concerning insurance coverage or lack thereof for Hepatitis C drugs for insureds enrolled in Qualified Health Plans in Florida. The AIDS Institute joins AfPA in this request. We write with the hope that formal dispute resolution or litigation can be avoided but time is short and the crisis is real.

AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The AIDS Institute Recognize Ambetter for Increasing HIV Medication Coverage

Below is a press release from The AIDS Foundation of Chicago and The AIDS Institute reporting that through their joint advocacy, national health insurance provider Ambetter Health has agreed to expand the list of medications it covers to include life-saving daily treatments for people living with HIV. 

I Am Essential Comments on Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces

Below are the comments from the I Am Essential coalition on the Draft 2017 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces. In the coalition's letter, we thank CMS for requiring QHPs to include many important patient protections and reminders that plans cannot discriminate against beneficiaries, especially those with serious health needs.  However, we reiterate the need for CMS and the states to actually enforce these patient protections and call out discriminatory plan design.

"I Am Essential" Coalition Comments on Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 Proposed Rule

The "I Am Essential"coalition, representing hundreds of patient groups and their allies, has prepared comments on the U.S.

Patient Copays for HIV Drugs will be More Affordable in Florida for 2016

In a review of the qualified health plans offered in Florida next year, The AIDS Institute has found that patient copays for HIV drugs will be much more affordable than previous years.

Review of Florida Qualified Health Plans for 2016 (QHPs)

See The AIDS Institute's review of Florida Qualified Health Plans for 2016.

197 Groups Urge HHS to Prevent Discrimination against Patients in ACA Plans

197 organizations that are part of the I Am Essential coalition urged Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell to better define and address discriminatory insurance benefit design in the final rule to implement Sec. 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is charged with protecting beneficiaries against discrimination in health programs.

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