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Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

Posted By Amy Friedrich-Karnik, Director, Public Policy, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Today the Administration authorized the expanded use of “short-term, limited-duration insurance plans." WomenHeart expressed concern with this decision because those plans are inadequate and deny protections for people with pre-existing conditions. They threaten to destabilize the health insurance marketplace, and we call on states to stand up for patients left behind by the rule, including many women living with heart disease. 

Read the full letter and see what organizations are standing to defend pre-existing conditions. 

 

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July 2018 - Navigator Program for Health Insurance

Posted By Amy Friedrich-Karnik, Director, Public Policy, Friday, July 27, 2018

Amy's Advocacy Update


One of WomenHeart’s priorities is to ensure that all women living with or at risk of heart disease have access to insurance coverage and health care. Unfortunately, navigating through the health care system can be complicated and overwhelming, which is why we were very discouraged to see the Department of Health and Human Services cut funding for the Navigator program this year. We joined dozens of patient advocacy organizations to express our concern with the cuts to this program that helps educate consumers about their health insurance options and enroll in appropriate coverage.

It is also critical that people can afford the drugs and treatment their health care providers prescribe. The President recently released a “Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices” with some ideas of how to do this. WomenHeart has submitted comments on this plan, and we will continue to monitor policies and regulations that follow to ensure they are effective and that patients are ultimately the beneficiaries of any cost reductions.

Finally, WomenHeart supports the South Asian Heart Health Awareness and Research Act, sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). The threat of heart disease among South Asians in the U.S. is particularly acute and rising. The bill would raise awareness of and increase research on cardiovascular disease among that population. The bill focuses on the South Asian diet. You can read a personal experince on this topic from WomenHeart Board Member Gayathri Badrinath in US News and World Report.

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Funding Cuts to the Navigator Program

Posted By WomenHeart, Friday, July 27, 2018
Navigating the health care system can be complicated and overwhelming. That’s why WomenHeart, along with over 100 organizations, told the Department of Health and Human Services we were very disappointed to see funding cuts for the Navigator program -- which helps educate consumers about their health insurance options and enroll in appropriate coverage. Read our full letter here

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Lowering Drug Pricing and Reducing OOP Cost

Posted By WomenHeart, Friday, July 27, 2018

Together with 52  patient advocacy groups, we submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) RFI on its Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices & Reduce OOP Costs on July 16, 2018. Our patients are our priority, and we want to be sure their needs are considered in future policy development.

Read our full letter to the Department of Health and Human Services online.

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June 2018 - Fighting for Health Equity for Women

Posted By Amy Friedrich-Karnik, Director, Public Policy, Friday, July 27, 2018

Amy's Advocacy Update

Amy Friedrich-Karnik has joined WomenHeart as our new Director of Public Policy. She brings several years of experience working as an advocate for women’s health.

As we move into the summer, Congress is busy working on spending bills that fund agencies and programs that are critical to women’s heart health and access to care, such as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease and stroke prevention efforts, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and more. WomenHeart is urging Congress to adequately fund these priorities.

We are also proactively advancing an agenda that raises awareness of the need for more women to participate in clinical trials and to access cardiac rehab. In May, dozens of WomenHeart champions and National Hospital Alliance members visited Capitol Hill to share those priorities with their members of Congress. Then, as members of the Coalition for Women’s Health Equity, we participated in the Women’s Health Empowerment Summit in Washington, DC, which included a panel discussion of the past, present and future of women in clinical trials.

And earlier this year, Congress passed legislation that would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation on a day-to-day basis under Medicare. While this provision doesn’t go into effect until 2024, the goal is to improve access to this critical service.

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