Covered California, the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange,
could alter the way consumers pay for extremely expensive specialty
drugs, but patient advocates say that medications for conditions such as
rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis C will still cost too much.
exchange’s board of directors, which meets today, is scheduled to
consider a proposal that would set a maximum monthly co-insurance cost
of $200 to $500 per prescription.
Currently, consumers pay 10
percent to 30 percent of the drug costs, which can run into thousands of
dollars and cause them to quickly reach their plan’s maximum annual
out-of-pocket spending limits, which range from $2,250 to $6,250.
Labels: co-pays, Covered California