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Tell the U.S. Health Secretary to Allow Drug Copay Programs in the ACA

November 21, 2013

In recent years, many people living with serious illnesses have used a patchwork of financial assistance programs to gain access to lifesaving medications, including drug industry-provided co-payments, co-insurance, or other out-of-pocket discount cards and coupons. These programs are often the only means through which patients can afford the higher co-pays that insurance companies impose on expensive branded drugs without generic equivalents.

But these programs are at risk of becoming prohibited for Health Insurance Marketplace plans created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), due to an erroneous interpretation of the federal anti-kickback statute. We believe this prohibition could cause an unintended public health crisis by removing a critical lifeline for thousands of people living with HIV, bar millions of people with

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