Drug companies have offered coupons, also known as “co-pay cards,” to help offset the cost of many prescriptions. These coupons are often used for medicines to prevent HIV and to suppress Insurers have traditionally counted these coupons towards a patient’s deductible.
These coupons have been essential for many people to afford their prescription regimens.
Now, insurers have changed these policies, no longer counting these coupons toward a person’s deductible. Some plans are refusing to accept co-pay cards at all.
This shifts costs directly onto patients and is going to affect patients’ access to their prescriptions. High out-of-pocket costs prevent many patients from following their prescription regimen.
For those living with HIV, skipping just 2-6 days of medicine can boost virus loads by 25 percent. A resurgent virus can result in a host of health complications.
That’s why HealthHIV and the National Coalition for LGBT Health are taking a stand against these accumulator adjustment programs. Here’s what you can do to get involved:
- Sign the #CoPayCounts Petition [Salsa link]
- Share your story with us. [Salsa link]
- Share some of our sample tweets to show #CopayCounts
HealthHIV and National Coalition for LGBT Health Announce Start of “Copay Counts” Campaign.
- “How Accumulator Adjustment Programs Hurt People Living with HIV” Webinar
- Accumulator Adjustment Programs #WellnessWednesday Twitter Chat
- Copay Accumulators: Costly Consequences of a New Cost-Shifting Pharmacy Benefit
For any questions or more information, contact Michael Beyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.