Health Insurance Exchanges Increasingly Put Medicines Out of Reach for Patients
Avalere Health released a new analysis
of 2015 health insurance exchange plan formularies and the results are disappointing. The percentage of plans placing all medicines to treat a chronic disease on the top tier increased in 2015.
For medicines to treat HIV/AIDS, the number of plans placing all treatments on the top formulary tier nearly doubled. This practice is continuing even in drug classes where generics are available.
Patient access to medicines in health insurance exchange plans is vital to improving health outcomes, and this new analysis highlights the increasing rate at which insurers are using discriminatory practices at the expense of patients with chronic conditions.
Now is the time to take the next step to ban this discriminatory practice.