Dermatology Advocate

Dermatology Advocate is a bi-weekly e-newsletter dedicated to providing American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) members with timely news about advocacy issues affecting dermatology.

View the most recent issue below.

April 17, 2015

Top news

Patient financial burdens addressed in new bill 

The AADA took to Capitol Hill this week to advocate for passage of the Patients’ Access to Treatment Act (PATA) – a bill to alleviate patient expenses for specialty tier medications. In a letter to the bill’s co-sponsors, the AADA praises the legislation as an essential first-step to improve access to life-saving, life-improving medications.

Alarmingly, studies show average annual out-of-pocket therapy costs for psoriasis can reach $26,000. A number of reports indicate that patients are foregoing and delaying effective treatments as a result of high out-of-pocket costs.  As a top advocacy priority, the AADA plans to continue advocating for passage of PATA and other laws to improve patient access to medications. 


More headlines

  • AADA grassroots advocacy helps pass historic SGR, global codes bill 
  • Requirements for biosimilar substitution key to protecting patient safety
  • AADA responds to FDA review of sunscreen ingredients 
  • UHC suspends lab accreditation, secondary read requirements in Florida 

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Additional resources

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Grassroots advocacy

The AADA's influence is only as strong as it's members' voices. 

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Dermatology Advocacy Network (DAN)

Contact your member of Congress and become a state advocacy leader.
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State Advocacy Toolkit

Information & advocacy resources about pressing state policy priorities.

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Payment & reimbursement center

Learn how to ensure fair reimbursement for your services.
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Narrow networks

Browse AAD resources on how best to respond to this issue.
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Get involved with the AADA's political action committee.