Sign Your Name Now: Help Oregon Patients and Reduce Barriers to Healthcare
In Oregon, many patients are facing the impossible choice of deciding between paying for groceries or affording lifesaving prescriptions.
For patients with complex diseases, innovative treatments, including provider-administered therapy, can help them live healthy, productive lives. However, high costs, harmful insurance practices, and other barriers are keeping many from getting the care they need. For example, some health insurance companies have recently made it harder to access treatments by enacting new programs that prevent patients from counting financial assistance toward their annual out-of-pocket maximum, leaving many patients with unbearably high medical bills and putting some treatments out of reach completely.
Join the Infusion Access Foundation today to reduce barriers to healthcare and help Oregonians access lifesaving treatment and medicines.
Dear [Legislator Name],
High out-of-pocket costs and other insurance barriers are keeping patients in Oregon from accessing the health care they deserve to live full, healthy lives. Recently, some health insurance companies have made it harder to afford innovative treatments by enacting copay accumulator adjustment programs – new programs that prevent patients from counting financial assistance received from other sources toward their annual out-of-pocket maximum, leaving many patients with unbearably high medical bills.
This would be like if my bank accepted payments on my mortgage from my own pocketbook and from money I borrowed from a family member, but only applied the money from my pocketbook towards the bank note. If patients are unable to access copay assistance, many might be forced to stop their doctor-prescribed treatment. This can lead to worse health outcomes and higher mortality rates.
However, Senate Bill 560, which is currently in the Senate Committee on Health Care, would ensure that health insurance companies apply any payment towards a patient's deductible or out-of-pocket maximum and will help Oregon patients afford the care and treatment they need.
Please ensure that patients can continue affording the care they need. I urge you to support Senate Bill 560.