Issue Central

The more influential and effective COPD advocates are those who are up-to-date on the most current COPD issues. Below are some of the issues that we are currently tracking.

Improving Access to Medications

The COPD Foundation is very concerned about the growing practice of limiting drug formularies to one specific brand drug based on economic incentives to the insurance provider. This practice denies our patients access to potentially effective treatment and is unacceptable.

In response, the COPD Foundation has created a survey to determine the extent of the problem. If you have been forced by your insurance company to switch medications or given very limited options for treatment and would like to help the COPD Foundation address this problematic practice please visit the link below and take our short 6-question survey.

Take the Survey

Read the COPD Foundation’s Policy Statement to learn more

Competitive Bidding and Access to Liquid O2

Congress mandated several changes to the way Medicare pays for home oxygen supplies. This is called Competitive Bidding, which requires suppliers of durable medical equipment, including oxygen, to be awarded contracts by Medicare in order to continue being providers for Medicare beneficiaries. Not all suppliers who were previously doing business with Medicare were awarded new contracts, causing some individuals with COPD to have to change companies or choose their home medical equipment or services from multiple different companies. Competitive Bidding has negatively impacted the COPD community by causing unnecessary confusion and anxiety among patients, caregivers, and their healthcare providers.

Take the Survey

Regulatory Comments and Rulings

Much of our health public policy comes from the federal executive branch; from rules created by agencies such as Health and Human Services (HHS), the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) or the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). These agencies will pass rules or call for public comment that will determine many parts of our health care system. When these opportunities arise the COPD Foundation, along with partner organizations, will create a sign-on letter or prepare written comments in order to express our opinion on an issue or show our support. Below are some of the sign on letter’s we are supporting this session.

Patient Access to Medication Rules and Comments

  • Sign On letter of support for the Federal Drug Administration to fully utilize mechanisms which would speed up the drug approval process for medications directed towards serious illness or life-threatening diseases. Download Document
  • Comments applauding the Federal Drug Administration for allowing generic drug manufacturers to update their labeling in appropriate circumstances. Download Document

Medicare and Medicaid Rules and Comments

  • Comments on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program-Regulatory Education and Action for Patients (REAP) Letter Download Document
  • Comments on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program-Medicare Access for Patients RX (MAPRx) Letter Download Document
  • Comments on proposed changes to Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program-National Health Council Letter Download Document
    • Letter from Senator Henry Waxman announcing the decision to continue the protected status of three drug classes including; antidepressants and immunosuppressant drugs. *this was a big win for the Alpha-1 and COPD communities! Download Document

COPD Foundation Comments on Competitive Bidding

COPD Foundation Comments on Proposed Changes to the Medicare Program Methodology for Adjusting Payments Amounts for Certain Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Using Information from Competitive Bidding Programs. Download Document

Executive Agency Funding Rules and Comments

  • Letter of support urging Congress to restore funding to the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education agencies. Download Document

Patient Access and Insurance Regulation Comments

  • The COPD Foundation signs on to the National Health Council’s comments to Health and Human Services Secretary Burwell regarding insurance standards to ensure patient access to quality care and patient protections. Download Document

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