2016 Republican & Democratic Platform Plank Requests

March 16, 2016

The Chairs of the Platform Committee


The Democratic National Committee


430 South Capitol Street SE


Washington, DC 20003

 

Dear Platform Committee Chairs:

We are writing on behalf of Partners for Better Care (PBC) to ask that the Platform Committee include in the 2016 Democratic Platform a plank committing to next generation of healthcare based on key principles of patient-centered and culturally competent quality care, availability, transparency and affordability. In addition, we call on you to invite American patients to participate in the development of this plank.

The financial devastation that countless Americans with medical debt face afflicts the working poor and the upper middle class; the insured and the uninsured. We submit the following language for consideration by the Platform Committee:

“High-quality medical care is available in the United States, but many Americans are unable to access the care they need. Access to affordable, patient-centered care and innovations—including coverage of preventive services, tools for management of chronic conditions, coordinated care management and specialist care, innovative therapies and technologies and treatments for any medical condition or emergency—is critical. In the past 8 years, out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and cost-sharing for medical services, are escalating at substantially disproportionate rates compared to the wages of the average American. Additionally, complicated benefit designs such as prescription tiering and narrow physician networks are making it increasingly difficult to access quality care, and increasingly essential for patients to understand how to purchase coverage.

“We want to refocus the debate on those who matter the most: the patients. We are committed to continuing our efforts to make healthcare not only more accessible, but more affordable for patients. We will achieve this through promoting manageable out-of-pocket costs and limited cost shifting, transparency of cost and quality information, provider network adequacy, reasonable health system costs, and easy, quick, fair and understandable appeals processes.”

Partners for Better Care is a coalition comprised of 10 national health advocacy groups and representing over 55 million American patients.

We thank you for your consideration of this request, and would welcome further discussion. Regardless of the specific language that the committee adopts, we hope that the 2016 Platform will commit to focusing the healthcare debate on patients, as it is this group that gets hit the hardest with an insurmountable financial and emotional burden due to rising out-of-pocket costs.

Sincerely,

 

Mary Richards

Executive Director, Partners for Better Care

 

March 16, 2016

The Chairs of the Platform Committee


The Republican National Committee

310 First St SE

Washington, DC 20003

 

Dear Platform Committee Chairs:

We are writing on behalf of Partners for Better Care (PBC) to ask that the Platform Committee include in the 2016 Republican Platform a plank committing to next generation of healthcare based on key principles of patient-centered and culturally competent quality care, availability, transparency and affordability. In addition, we call on you to invite American patients to participate in the development of this plank.

The financial devastation that countless Americans with medical debt face afflicts the working poor and the upper middle class; the insured and the uninsured. We submit the following language for consideration by the Platform Committee:

“High-quality medical care is available in the United States, but many Americans are unable to access the care they need. Access to affordable, patient-centered care and innovations—including coverage of preventive services, tools for management of chronic conditions, coordinated care management and specialist care, innovative therapies and technologies and treatments for any medical condition or emergency—is critical. Out-of-pocket costs, including deductibles and cost-sharing for medical services, are escalating at substantially disproportionate rates compared to the wages of the average American. Additionally, complicated benefit designs such as prescription tiering and narrow physician networks are making it increasingly difficult to access quality care, and increasingly essential for patients to understand how to purchase coverage.

“We are committed to continuing our efforts to make healthcare not only more accessible, but more affordable for patients. We will achieve this through promoting manageable out-of-pocket costs and limited cost shifting, transparency of cost and quality information, provider network adequacy, reasonable health system costs, and easy, quick, fair and understandable appeals processes.”

Partners for Better Care is a coalition comprised of 10 national health advocacy groups and representing over 55 million American patients.

We thank you for your consideration of this request, and would welcome further discussion. Regardless of the specific language that the committee adopts, we hope that the 2016 Platform will commit to focusing the healthcare debate on patients, as it is this group that gets hit the hardest with an insurmountable financial and emotional burden due to rising out-of-pocket costs.

Sincerely,

 

Mary Richards

Executive Director, Partners for Better Care