The work of the National Consumers League is making a difference in people’s lives across the country. Meet some of the consumers touched by our programs.
Read about NCL’s impact
Preventing yet another victim
Paige, 55, a Nashville wife and mother of two, answered an employment ad for secret shoppers. Before sending payment to the scammers, she reached out to NCL.
Read about NCL’s impact
Building a stronger generation
A grease fire flared up in Decklan’s kitchen. As his family scrambled and panicked, fearing that the whole house might erupt in flames, Decklan remained calm. He hurried over to the pantry, grabbed some baking soda, and dumped it on the fire quickly extinguishing the blaze.
Read about NCL’s impact
Script Your Future saved my life
Cincinnati resident Charles, 45, lost his computer business — and health insurance— during a time of economic downturn. A diabetic, Charles was now unable to afford his medication. He stopped taking it which made him seriously ill and put his life at risk.
Read about NCL’s impact
For a safer workplace
Jeremy is a fast-food worker who has been employed at a number of Chipotle restaurants in New York City. When he was just 20 years old, he took part in an NCL research project that revealed that management practices within the fast food chain were putting workers—and food safety for customers—at risk.
Read about NCL’s impact
Updates from our Members
Allied Against Opioid Abuse
The first blog post in the series welcomed Rafael Pomales, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA, who is President of PAs for Latino Health, and Robert S. Smith, MS, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, Treasurer and Co-Founder of PAs for Latino Health, to share their insights regarding the prevention of opioid abuse and misuse in the Hispanic community. Pomales and Smith highlight the unique challenges, including language barriers, intergenerational and intercultural differences within families and households, and stress-related to discrimination. They also underscore the importance of using AAOA’s bilingual toolkit to connect with patients and promote education and awareness on how to safely use prescription opioids.
In the second blog post, Kristine Correira, PA-C, DScPAS, MHP, DFAAPA, a member of the PAs in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, discusses the importance of education around prescription opioids for older adults and their caregivers. Correira notes the unique issues affecting this patient population, such as more severe side effects, greater opportunity for drug interactions, and fewer practical alternatives.
The third blog post provides perspective from James Delaney, MS, PA-C, CAQ-OS, on tactics to safely treat orthopedic injuries and manage pain in student athletes. Delaney, Vice President of the PA Foundation Board of Trustees, and a PA at Direct Orthopedic Care (DOC) in Plano, Texas, points out the high prevalence of orthopedic injuries in student athletes across the country, and the importance of considering alternative treatments for pain management, such as local anesthetics, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, or even over-the-counter medications, rather than using opioids. He stresses the need to properly educate patients and families and the difference these steps can make in a student’s treatment, recovery, and long-term health.
For additional information on preventing the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids, check out AAOA’s suite of educational resources on rights, risks and responsibilities as well as safe storage and disposal tips for prescription opioids.
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
AHIP and our members continue to advocate for high-quality health coverage for all Americans, including seniors and people with disabilities. AHIP is taking action in response to recent reports that Congress may be considering changes to Medicare Advantage payment formulas that could either raise premiums and/or and significantly reduce benefits for the 27 million Americans who rely on the program. In September, AHIP released a new study from Avalere which found that an increase to the coding intensity factor could increase premiums by $9 to $25 per month or lower benefits by $30 to $44 per month. AHIP also applauded a bipartisan group of 13 Senators who signed onto a letter voicing their support for Medicare Advantage and underscoring their commitment to protecting the program from cuts. In recent weeks, AHIP highlighted new data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that average premiums for Medicare Advantage plans in 2022 will drop to $19 per month, and promoted a new motion graphic highlighting Medicare Advantage plans’ role in supporting health and well-being for the people they serve.
AHIP continues to work with coalition partners to address key health care issues, such as protecting consumers from surprise medical bills. Recently, AHIP and the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing (CASMB) released statements of support for the latest Interim Final Rules for the No Surprises Act. Many other CASMB members representing consumers, employers, and policy experts applauded the latest surprise billing regulations.
The Modern Medicaid Alliance, of which AHIP is a founding member, updated its Medicaid Dashboard. The Dashboard is a one-stop clearinghouse for in-depth, state-by-state Medicaid enrollment and polling data. The Alliance is working with partner organizations to help promote this essential resource, including a recently published blog with tips for leveraging the Dashboard in advocacy work.
Lastly, health insurance providers continue to take decisive action to improve vaccine access and acceptance among members. To learn more about Medicare Advantage, protecting patients from surprise medical bills, Medicaid, or COVID-19 vaccine efforts, contact Nicole Eynard at email@example.com
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Developed by ASHP, a national organization of pharmacists, SafeMedication.com is a source of information about prescription and over-the-counter medications for patients. As medication experts, pharmacists are trusted members of the healthcare team dedicated to helping patients use medications effectively. Written by pharmacists, the easy-to-read articles include information about vaccines, tips for taking or giving medications, and answers to common safety questions. More than 1,500 fact sheets contain essential details about safely using medications approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System
Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System: Proper drug disposal is one of the most valuable drug misuse prevention tools available, but many consumers – particularly those in rural or underserved areas – do not have access to convenient, effective disposal options. At-home drug disposal solutions like the Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal System can help ensure unused medications are unavailable for misuse, diversion, and environmental harm.
Deterra is an eligible expense for many grant opportunities. To help organizations navigate the world of funding options, we’ve put together the Deterra Grant Guide. This resource is a great starting point for private, nonprofit and government groups that want to include Deterra as part of a larger prevention program or fund a stand-alone drug deactivation and disposal campaign. Download the guide at DeterraSystem.com/resources/materials/deterra-grant-guide/ and join Deterra’s email list to stay updated on relevant opportunities.
National Community Pharmacy Association
NCPA is partnering with the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy on a multi-year effort to address growing concerns about barriers in pharmacy access, including closures. The Pharmacy Access Initiative will generate real-time information for national, state, and local policy officials, health care academics, industry leaders, and others to identify communities lacking in pharmacy access. Better data on the proliferation of pharmacy deserts could help policymakers and industry leaders and, ultimately, underserved communities.
NCPA is joining five other organizations – representing independent pharmacies, grocery stores, small businesses, health care providers, and patients – to launch a new coalition aimed at bringing transparency to a part of the health care system dominated by a few giant pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) corporate middlemen but which very few people understand. The Coalition on PBM Reform will work to bring greater transparency to assist consumers in making better decisions about their healthcare.
National Partnership for Women & Families
In October – in partnership with the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, and the National Black Midwives Association – the National Partnership issued a new report, Improving Our Maternity Care Now Through Midwifery. This is a part of the larger ongoing Improving Our Maternity Care Now project that highlights four high-performing models that are crucial for addressing the maternal health crisis.
In September, the National Partnership, in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, published of a new suite of resources, Access, Autonomy, and Dignity: A Series on Reproductive Rights and Disability Justice. The issue briefs in this series explore four important areas of reproductive health, rights, and justice for people with disabilities: access to abortion, access to contraception, healthy sexuality and sex education, and the right to parent. Within each topic, we discuss persistent barriers to access, including systemic ableism and racism, as well as offer recommendations and policy solutions that are essential to making each of these rights meaningful in the lives of people with disabilities.
Earlier this year, the National Partnership released, “Issue Spotting: Promising Practices in Effective and Equitable Patient Engagement Via Technology.” The paper distills lessons on how to leverage technology to engage patients and families in their health and health care and is the latest product in our Choosing Health Equity suite.
Earlier this year, the National Partnership, in partnership with the National Birth Equity Collaborative, released the Saving the Lives of Moms and Babies series. This is a set of 10 bulletins and a framing paper that demonstrate links between specific social conditions and maternal and infant health outcomes. Topics include climate change/heat, lack of access to paid leave, maternal mental health, and the built environment.