Patient and Provider Groups Push for Step Therapy Protections in new MA Policy

On October first, 40 national patient and provider organizations sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to the recent announcement that Medicare Advantage plans can require step therapy for physician-administered drugs starting in 2019. In the letter, the organizations urged HHS to implement a robust exceptions process for…

Capitol Hill Day 2018 builds on past successes

Our volunteers made waves visiting Congress and learning firsthand how elevating the patient voice can make a real difference. NPF’s annual Capitol Hill Day is one of the most rewarding and productive events held each year by the Advocacy department, and this year’s event was no different. Advocates from our patient and researcher communities met…

NPF goes to Washington

A group of eager volunteers descends on Congress for our 14th annual Capitol Hill Day Fly-in. On Sunday, March 18, 24 volunteers from 16 states along with six doctors and scientists arrived in Washington, D.C., to prepare for our annual trip to Congress. Our dual mission: to persuade our elected representatives to devote more funding…

Increasing access to treatment in Georgia: you can join the fight to stop step therapy

At the beginning of 2017, the National Psoriasis Foundation, in partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, targeted the state of Georgia for the introduction and passage of step therapy legislation. Step therapy, also known as ”fail first,” is a health insurance mandate that restricts spending on prescription drugs. This mandate requires patients to fail first, often…