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19 Senators Urge HHS to Drop Appeal That Would Jeopardize Americans’ Access to Life-Saving Drugs

US senators are opposing a federal appeal that would limit the use of “copay accumulators”, which prevent copay assistance from reducing patient’s out-of-pocket costs for medications. The Health and Human Services (HHS) department appealed a decision to overturn a rule allowing the use of copay accumulators mainly for brand-name medications with generic equivalents. The group of 19 senators argue that the accumulators have increased health plan profits and placed a financial burden on patients, who often go without medication due to costs.

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