California Healthline: Did the ACA Improve Access to Rx Drugs? Some Patients Don’t Think So

California Healthline: Did the ACA Improve Access to Rx Drugs? Some Patients Don’t Think So

By Michelle Rosenfeld, California Healthline Editor

The Affordable Care Act guarantees that 10 “essential health benefits” — including coverage of prescription drugs — will be included in every plan sold through the law’s insurance exchanges.

Wayne Turner, a staff attorney at the National Health Law Program, told California Healthline, “The drive to have comprehensive formularies that meet the needs of health care consumers will likely lead to less variation among plans, but will ultimately result in more consumer choice” in the future. “With all plans covering a broad array of medications, plans will likely differ in other areas, such as cost [sharing], prior authorization, quantity limits or other restrictions,” he said.

Further, Turner said, “Having a standardized tiering structure will go a long way in helping consumers understand and compare prescription drug benefits.” Read the full article here. »

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