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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Updates from our Members
America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Health insurance providers continue to take decisive action to support their members amid the COVID-19 crisis, ensuring that Americans have access to the prevention, testing, and treatment they need. This includes ensuring access to COVID-19 vaccines. As part of this commitment, health insurance providers recently launched the Vaccine Community Connectors pilot initiative, which aims to enable the vaccination of 2 million seniors age 65+ in America’s most at-risk, vulnerable and underserved communities — such as African American and Hispanic communities. This work and dedication to health equity will continue for at-risk seniors and people under age 65 as health insurance providers work to achieve community immunity for the country. Additional information reflecting health insurance providers’ work to fight persistent discrimination and systemic racism can be found on AHIP’s health equity resource center.
AHIP is also working to guide consumers through the special enrollment period (SEP) for the millions of Americans who buy their own coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces and may now qualify for additional savings. AHIP launched a new SEP landing page featuring a “Decision Tree” to help consumers determine their eligibility for this new assistance. The page also features other important resources to help consumers navigate the SEP including fast facts and an educational blog.
To learn more about AHIP, health insurance providers’ actions to support Americans amid the COVID-19 crisis, or AHIP’s efforts to help guide consumers during the SEP, contact Nicole Eynard at email@example.com.
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
ASHP continues to update our COVID-19 resources including information on FDA-approved vaccines for emergency use and ASHP Assessment of Evidence for COVID-19 Related Treatments. ASHP recently published Essential Elements of a Successful Mass Immunization Program and infographic to ensure vaccine safety and successful immunization campaigns; further, to assist in planning, executing, and timely distribution of critical information around vaccine storage, preparation and administration. Follow the progress of upcoming vaccine candidates with the COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate Tracking Table. For other evidence-based information, ASHP invites you to visit ASHP’s COVID-19 microsite.
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
BIO continues to raise awareness and advance policies that address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), a public health crisis that puts modern medicine at risk. Antibiotic-resistant infections are a growing problem, particularly for public health responses to pandemics such as COVID-19, for which secondary bacterial and fungal infections can have deadly consequences. BIO is working on policies that both ensure a sustainable pipeline of new antibiotics as well as patient access to these medicines. Alongside organizations like the National Consumers League and their important work on medication adherence via Script Your Future, BIO hopes to help make a difference. Learn more about BIO’s initiative Working to Fight AMR, which issued its latest Superbug Bulletin in December explaining the latest developments and challenges in the AMR market.
In addition to our AMR work, BIO has been working hard to educate the public on COVID-19 vaccines, with a goal of increasing vaccination acceptance across communities. BIO recently launched CovidVaccineFacts.org to address key issues and answer commonly asked questions about COVID-19 vaccine development, safety, administration, and more. Through their site, BIO is sharing educational content that you can use to support your own organizations’ vaccine outreach. BIO will continue populating the website with new questions and answers throughout 2021.
BIO is partnering with the nonprofit sector on its COVID efforts, and via the site, BIO will be sharing nonprofit partner organizations’ events and resources. Our partners include; The National Hispanic Coalition on Aging, BlackDoctor.Org, the COVID-19 Prevention Network, LULAC, and the National Black Church Initiative, among others. Visit CovidVaccineFacts.org here and be sure to check out BIO’s partners page to learn how you can be a fact spreader using BIO’s advocate toolkit. If your non-profit organization is doing innovative work to drive vaccine acceptance within Communities of Color, please connect with us!
CDC PROTECT | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Please mark your calendars for the 14th annual meeting of the PROTECT Initiative (PRevention of Overdoses and Treatment Errors in Children Taskforce) which is currently scheduled for November 4-5, 2021. The PROTECT meeting provides a forum for reviewing new data, sharing updates on progress, and identifying priority action items for reducing medication exposures and other overdoses among young children. Additional details about the meeting will be shared in the coming months. More information about the PROTECT Initiative can be found here.
Consumers for Quality Care (CQC)
Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) launched a new video highlighting the need for common-sense reforms that would better protect patients, cover needed care, and improve health care coverage nationwide. Since its formation, CQC has been committed to highlighting the issues and barriers that consumers face in the health care system. This new educational video urges common sense insurance reforms aimed at mitigating the struggles felt by consumers across the country as the burden of higher health care costs keeps growing. View the video here.
Council for Affordable Health Coverage
The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) was able to secure passage of COBRA coverage subsidies within the American Rescue Plan, which was signed into law in March. This will do a tremendous amount to provide security for those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic, all without having to deal with the hassles of losing coverage, resetting deductibles or finding new doctors. We are currently working with the administration to ensure implementation of the subsidies can help as many Americans as possible. CAHC is now renewing our focus on improving job-based insurance coverage, especially for small- and medium-sized companies. Additionally, CAHC will continue our work towards reducing drug prices through commonsense solutions that won’t interrupt access or innovation, like an out-of-pocket cap for Medicare Part D. CAHC’s Campaign for Transformative Therapies (CTT) continues efforts around introducing and passing legislation that will enable value-based payment arrangements for gene therapies.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – Office of Women’s Health
The FDA Office of Women’s Health invites all to join us in celebrating National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) 2021! The theme for this year is: Take Time To Care TODAY! We are excited to host a Twitter video chat in partnership with the HHS Office of Women’s Health during NWHW on Tuesday May 11, 2021 @2p.m. EST. During the Twitter chat, we’ll highlight pertinent women’s health topics and encourage women to prioritize their health. In addition to the Twitter chat, the FDA OWH will be sharing information across social media channels each day during NWHW, inspiring women to know more about their health and wellness resources and take action immediately. All are encouraged to participate in sharing these helpful resources, using the hashtags #KNOWHmore and #NWHW.
Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA)
The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) recently launched a campaign — “Health Delivered” — to reinforce the healthcare distribution industry’s integral role and logistics expertise during the COVID-19 response, as well as distributors’ ongoing responsibility to fulfill the daily healthcare needs of all Americans. The campaign was announced through a new television ad showcasing the tireless work of distribution industry employees in the face of a global pandemic to make sure American hospitals, pharmacies, providers and patients have the critical medicines and supplies they require.
As a vital link between 1,400 manufacturers and more than 180,000 providers, including pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide, distributors have risen to meet the challenges of COVID-19, doing their part to ensure every single community has access to lifesaving medicines and medical supplies. Through the “Health Delivered” campaign, HDA will ramp up its efforts to bring together industry and other key stakeholders to explore common goals and relevant healthcare policy issues, as the organization highlights the critical role of distributors as well as the value they provide to the U.S. healthcare system, providers and patients.
The new ad is available here. For additional information about HDA and the value the distribution industry brings to its supply chain partners, providers, communities and ultimately patients, visit: HealthDelivered.org.
Hepatitis B Foundation
The Hepatitis B Foundation is hosting a congressional briefing to recognize National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day on Thursday, April 29th. The goal of the briefing is to raise awareness around the need to increase hepatitis B adult vaccination rates and to promote a Congressional resolution declaring April 30th as Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day. We will be highlighting health equity as part of the briefing in addition to the ACIP’s upcoming decision on a recommendation for universal adult hepatitis B vaccination. The briefing is hosted in collaboration with the National Consumers League, the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition, The AIDS Institute, the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, and the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. You can register here.
The Hepatitis B Foundation is also circulating a petition calling for all companies that have developed or are currently developing COVID-19 vaccines to include people living with hepatitis B and liver disease in their clinical trials and to make the resulting sub-group data publicly available. Including these groups in clinical trials will help improve access to approved vaccines, and will broaden trust and acceptance, especially among those who are unsure if they should receive any COVID-19 vaccine. You can sign the petition here.
Congresswoman Grace Meng and Congressman Hank Johnson (co-chairs of the Congressional Hepatitis Caucus) have sent a letter to the LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee requesting them to; (1) increase the funding for viral hepatitis programs at the CDC to $134 million; and (2) include at least $120 million to fully fund the program to eliminate opioid-related infectious diseases in their FY22 bill. The Hepatitis B Foundation sent an Action Alert to encourage advocates to ask their Representatives to support the letter. Funding for the CDC’s Division of Viral Hepatitis has long been insufficient to address the viral hepatitis epidemic in the U.S. COVID-19 has further impacted the already understaffed and underfunded hepatitis programs across the country, as they have had to redirect resources to pandemic response.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month! On Tuesday, May 11th, the Hepatitis B Foundation and the Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin are co-hosting a webinar on educational hepatitis B resources for African communities. Danait Yemane, MPH, HBV Project Coordinator for African Services Committee and Kari Sapsis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Viral Hepatitis will discuss Know Hepatitis B campaign resources or community health workers working within African communities and community-based hepatitis B prevention initiatives. Register here.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson is proud to sponsor COVID Vaccine Facts for Nurses. The American Nurses Association, together with leading nursing and healthcare organizations, launched this site as a nurse’s hub for critical, current, and credible COVID-19 vaccine information. To learn more, please visit: https://covidvaccinefacts4nurses.org/.
National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
The National Community Pharmacists Association, the country’s leading group representing small business independent pharmacy, is teaming up with multiple state pharmacy associations on a campaign to promote the value of pharmacies in ensuring patient access to reliable, affordable health care. The campaign will also be educating the public, patients, and policymakers on the largely unknown role played by pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, in raising drug costs, restricting patient access, and squashing local pharmacies, ultimately limiting consumer choices. NCPA will be supporting state efforts in advocating for relief from PBMs, including for legislative, regulatory and legal reforms to remedy PBM and health insurer practices that make it difficult for patients to access care and pharmacies to survive. For more information visit: https://ncpa.org/truth-campaign.
UsAgainstAlzheimer’s recently launched a new tool – BrainGuide – to help consumers navigate their brain health journey. The tool provides automated, confidential memory questionnaires that can be self-administered or taken as a caregiver. Once the questionnaire is complete, BrainGuide offers tailored resources based on the answers provided. Privacy is protected, and responses are not recorded or shared with anyone other than the individual completing the questionnaire. BrainGuide is not intended to diagnose or make treatment recommendations regarding Alzheimer’s or any other disease. BrainGuide is free and easy to access – in English and Spanish – online at www.mybrainguide.org and by phone at 855-BRAIN-411. Check out coverage of www.MyBrainGuide.org in Good Morning America (here) and in Telemundo’s Hoy Dia (here).