• Health care advocacy groups are arguing that uninsured women who become pregnant should be able to obtain health coverage at any time of the year through the Affordable Care Act’s health care exchanges. Numerous House Democrats called for pregnancy to be immediately regarded as a “qualifying life event.” This would allow uninsured pregnant women to sign up for coverage on healthcare.gov outside of the three-month open-enrollment period. With the average cost of medical bills associated with birth ranging from $32,000 to $52,000, changing the rules under the Affordable Care Act would come as a significant aid. Read more here.

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  • 20 2015 March

    Why Cap The Co-Pay Works

    Running in Yosemite National Park.

    For Oregonians suffering from autoimmune diseases, cancer, HIV, Hepatitis C, and other illnesses, capping out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs could lower premium costs and profoundly reduce physical, social, and psychological burdens that come with these diseases. Cap The Co-pay is an organized effort by a coalition of patient groups in Oregon to raise awareness about House Bill 2951 that would cap co-payments on specialty prescription drugs, resulting in only a small effect on insurance premiums. By capping out-of-pocket costs for specialty drugs, residents can receive effective treatment sooner, potentially preventing irreversible damage. With a healthier population comes less associated health

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  • Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is an upcoming PBS television special airing from March 30 through April 1. The program is based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer-Prize winning book. It provides a detailed historical narrative of cancer, shares stories from contemporary patients, and examines the latest breakthroughs in cancer research. In the meantime, you can learn more about the special here.

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