Policy Positions

As the patients we serve know all too well, healthcare expenses have become so great that even having commercial insurance or Medicare/Medicaid isn’t enough – out of pocket costs can easily send families into medically-induced poverty without support.

The non-profit charitable assistance provided by PSI is a critical safety net for many patients and their families, particularly those living with rare, chronic, complex, or life-threatening conditions.

Having created the independent charitable assistance model and served patients for over thirty years, PSI is well-positioned to provide valuable insight into what works and what doesn’t in order to improve equity, access and outcomes for those living with chronic/rare illness.

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Patient Assistance: Patient Services, Inc. opposes efforts to limit patient access to lawful charitable assistance.

Improving Health Equity: PSI supports policies that are founded upon the principal that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Examples of such policies might include removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care. Health equity is the lens through which the Government Affairs Department views and assesses all policy efforts – striving for a more just and healthy society.

Medicare Reform: Medicare Part D should be modernized in order to reduce the economic burden on beneficiaries.

Affordable Out of Pocket Expenses: Policies should be developed ensuring that out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications are affordable, thereby increasing the likelihood of treatment adherence.

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