UOAA urges legislators and federal agency officials to implement policy and regulations that benefit patient-centered access to care, strengthen the patient-provider decision-making relationship, and minimize patient out-of-pocket costs.
In conjunction with Digestive Diseases National Coalition (DDNC) efforts we continue to monitor US healthcare reform and will work to ensure preservation of basic patient protections from the Affordable Care Act including eliminating insurer discrimination against pre-existing conditions, establishing out of pocket maximums for covered services, and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance until the age of 26. These protections have made it possible for persons living with an ostomy or continent diversion to obtain insurance coverage and protect them from stratospheric medical bills.
With the DDNC, UOAA also supports passage of the following legislation during the 115th Congress:
* Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1017/S. 479) – This would eliminate cost-sharing for initial and follow-up colorectal cancer screening tests for Medicare beneficiaries.
* Restoring the Patient’s Voice Act (H.R. 2077) – This would establish guidelines for appealing step therapy protocols under ERISA health plans.
* Patients’ Access to Treatments Act (H.R. 2999) – This would establish cost-sharing limits for health plans that cover prescription drugs under a formulary or tiered cost sharing structure.