Health Policy

Pricey, effective new drugs save lives and cut medical costs

Drug prices are costing us all but pharmaceuticals pay huge dividends by avoiding far more expensive disease complications.

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P.E.: As American as Apple Pie

From the Morning Consult, August 13, 2015
By Joe Moore

Supporting P.E. in grades K through 12 is one of the most patriotic things you can do.

That’s right. Because supporting physical education in America’s schools is among the most effective steps we can take to ensure that in the coming decades our military will have enough physically fit recruits in times of national crisis. It’s also an essential way to secure the future health of our nation.

Yes. Your kids’ P.E. teachers are national leaders. And you need to support their efforts.

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Drugs expensive under plans sold on health exchange, survey finds

From the Baltimore Sun
January 27, 2015

The Affordable Care Act is not so affordable for many Marylanders, according to a new survey.

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New Research Shows Maryland Health Exchange Would Benefit From Improvements

Annapolis, Maryland. January 27, 2015 – The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Maryland healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.

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New research shows Iowa health exchange would benefit from improvements

DES MOINES, Iowa, Jan. 23, 2015 -- The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) released a public opinion poll of Iowa health care leaders and a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The research released at the Capitol was focused on how the Iowa healthcare exchange could be improved to help patients better understand their insurance options.

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Wyden weighs in on 'premier health care challenge of our time' at OHSU forum

"We know chronic disease is the premier health challenge of our time," said Sen. Ron Wyden at a public forum hosted by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease entitled "Chronic Disease — Solving the Public Health Epidemic."

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Pills for a healthy nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faces significant challenges in trying to reinvigorate India’s economy back to the robust growth it enjoyed a few years ago.

To Mr Modi’s credit, one of his often-expressed goals is to build a stronger healthcare system for India and invest significant resources in improving people’s health.

The key to success in this effort will, of course, be in the concrete steps that are taken to reduce the rate of non-communicable diseases.

Read the full article from the Asian Age.

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Public and Private Sector Efforts Required to Realize Productivity Gains in U.S.

New Data Highlights Vast Opportunity for Prevention and Wellness Efforts

Washington, D.C. (June 26, 2014) – The Congressional Wellness Caucus and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a briefing today to examine the impact of chronic, non communicable disease and look beyond just medical costs to more holistically consider total productivity, particularly among the federal workforce.

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Healthcare data: consultation to accelerate improvements in quality and value

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) has joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in a request for input from stakeholders on “ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of healthcare data, while maintaining and strictly protecting patient privacy.

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Improved Medication Adherence is Major Opportunity for Change in State Healthcare Systems

(June 3, 2014) The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), along with Prescriptions for a Healthy America and My Campaign Group, has released a white paper on one of the many challenges facing our health care system – medication adherence and how to empower people to more effectively and efficiently manage their chronic conditions.

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