Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020


The National Health Council (NHC) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Proposed Rule entitled, “HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2020” (the NBPP).

Founded in 1920, the NHC is the only organization that brings together all segments of the health community to provide a united voice for the more than 160 million people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers. Made up of more than 125 diverse national health-related organizations and businesses, the NHC’s core membership includes the nation’s leading patient advocacy organizations, which control its governance and policy-making process. Other members include professional and membership associations; nonprofit organizations with an interest in health; and representatives from the pharmaceutical, generic drug, health insurance, device, and biotechnology industries.

Consistent with our commitment to ensuring that individuals with chronic conditions have access to affordable, high-value health care, the NHC’s advocacy efforts related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have focused on five key goals: non-discrimination, transparency, uniformity, continuity of care, and oversight. The NHC also recognizes that the long-term viability of the exchanges is dependent on stability of the PPACA marketplace.

We direct our comments to the NBPP provisions that are likely to either advance or impede our goal of ensuring that all Americans, particularly those with chronic diseases and disabilities, have access to the health care they need at a cost they can afford.

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