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SafeRx Open for Public Comment

Posted October, 19 2012 by arianne

The “SafeRx” legislation was passed in March 2012 in the New York State budget. This legislation ensures that all chain and mail order pharmacies statewide provide comprehensive translation and interpretation services for limited English proficient New Yorkers. The legislation also requires the Education Department to develop regulations requiring standardized patient-centered data elements. The Department is […]

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ACA takes the mystery out of shopping for insurance

Posted October, 9 2012 by arianne

Consumers seeking health coverage are often in the dark about how different plans work, what they cover, and what out-of-pocket costs will be incurred.  Current plan members may find themselves in a similar situation, resulting in surprise bills due to a lack of understanding of their plan’s benefits. A new Affordable Care Act (ACA) provision, […]

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Regional Advisory Committees – Cuomo Administration Appears to be Coalescing Around Key Issues Affecting Consumers

Posted September, 26 2012 by arianne

The fifth Exchange Regional Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for this month was held in a packed room in New York City yesterday.  The Administration’s presentation can be found here and you can watch the webcast by visiting the RAC home page. It appears that the Cuomo Administration has consolidated its thinking on key consumer issues.  […]

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With a little help from our friends…and family

Posted September, 21 2012 by arianne

“Ask a trusted family member or friend to be your advocate…You may be able to rest better. Your advocate can help make sure you get the correct medicines and treatments,” opens a recent report by New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment and New York Public Interest Research Group, quoting The Joint Commission. The report, […]