Advocacy group Families USA and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America have unveiled a joint campaign that outlines several strategies for achieving universal health coverage, including a provision to expand Medicaid coverage.
The groups will be advocating for a nationwide Medicaid eligibility floor at 133% of the federal poverty levelalmost $24,400 in annual income for a family of three, in addition to sliding-scale subsidies to moderate-income people who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid but who cant afford insurance premiums.
In a statement, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) commended the groups proposal to expand Medicaid eligibility. Increasing Medicaid access is a critical part of healthcare reform. It is a quick and efficient way to cover all low-income Americans, bringing us closer to the ultimate goal of coverage for all, Baucus said.
The groups will also be seeking a cap on out-of-pocket health expenditures, to ensure that no family is unable to afford essential care. Although our views do not always converge, we share a common belief about a fundamental goal of healthcare reform: Every American deserves high-quality, affordable health coverage and care, said PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzin and Families USA Executive Director Ron Pollack in a joint written statement.
In a separate measure, the National Community Pharmacists Association released its own set of recommendations to ensure the patient-care services of community pharmacies are incorporated into health reform. NCPA among other things recommended that patients get access to pharmacist-delivered medication therapy management services as part of any standard healthcare benefit package or medical home approach.