Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease: Chronic Disease, Patient Protections and the ACA. Addressing Access & Affordability

Posted by Kassy Perry

Millions of Californians may get sicker, rather than healthier, if they sign up for health plans through the exchange marketplaces unless significant patient protections are put into place this legislative session. That was the consensus of healthcare experts at a meeting of health policy and patient advocates in Sacramento in December. Dr. Ken Thorpe, Chair of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), the sponsor of the meeting, shared the results of studies and data that while chronic diseases are increasing at an alarming rate, health plans are making access to the medicines they require nearly impossible to access.

“Chronic disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the United States and in California. About 40 to 50 percent of residents in this state have at least one chronic condition but what we’ve found is that chronic conditions come in bundles, patients generally have multiple chronic diseases, which makes the treatment and protocol algorithm all the more complicated.”
— Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Chair, PFCD

Get more information on the event here and on PFCD here.

Watch the event highlight video below.