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CQC: Despite Coverage Gains, Americans Fear Health Care Costs Above Others New Survey Finds

Consumers for Quality Care, April 25, 2018
WASHINGTON – A new health care survey released today found that Americans are acutely worried about paying for health care – even more than they worry about costs associated with retirement, college, housing or child care. The survey, conducted by Ipsos between March 13-25, 2018 via telephone, interviewed 1,700 adults and found that 85 percent […]
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CQC Comments On STLDI Proposed Rule

Consumers for Quality Care, April 24, 2018
In a letter to The Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor, Consumers for Quality Care, Prevention Institute, Patient Power, National Minority Quality Forum, Autism Speaks, Epilepsy Foundation, National Partnership for Women & Families, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and First Focus commented on the new proposed rule on Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance. The Honorable […]
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CQC Comments On Associated Health Plan Proposed Rule

Consumers for Quality Care, March 15, 2018
Consumers for Quality Care, along with Global Liver Institute, National Hispanic Medical Association, Black Woman’s Health Imperative, Autism Speaks, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Epilepsy Foundation, commented on the new proposed rule for Associated Health Plans. CQC raised a number of concerns that the new rule could result in substandard coverage, higher rates of […]
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Key Protections for Insured Lost in Deluge of New Health Care Policies

Jason Resendez, February 27, 2018
Originally appeared on Morning Consult. “During a roller-coaster year marked with uncertainty on issues including immigration, trade, Russia and climate change, few issues dominated 2017 quite like the future of health care. We saw dozens of proposals and changes. Repeal and replace Obamacare. A welcome mat for states to radically alter their Medicaid coverage to the detriment […]
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CQC Convenes Stakeholders Urging Caution on Association Health Plans Proposed Rule

Consumers For Quality Care, February 22, 2018
WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), a coalition of advocates and former policy makers who provide a voice for patients, hosted a stakeholder telebriefing today with speakers from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute and the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority. The speakers addressed numerous concerns about the implications of a recent Department of […]
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CQC Urges Governors to Prioritize Consumer Care When Considering Waivers

Consumers For Quality Care, February 23, 2018
WASHINGTON – As the nation’s governors descend on Washington, D.C. for the National Governors Association (NGA) Winter Meeting, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) today issued an open letter urging them to keep consumers top-of-mind when considering state waivers. In the letter, CQC points out that many states are considering harmful Section 1332 State Innovation and […]
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The problems with inadequate health insurance networks

Donna Christensen, February 9, 2018
Originally appeared on Washington Examiner. “The uninsured rate in the United States is at its lowest level in history, and that is something to applaud. However, while consumers are doing what they’re being asked — purchasing policies — insurers have taken advantage of them by selling healthcare plans so limited that finding covered doctors and […]
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CQC Decries Welcome of Unfair Medicaid Work Requirements

Consumers for Quality Care, January 22, 2018
WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care Board Member Donna Christensen issued the following statement today in response to the administration’s recently issued guidance, which allows states to institute work requirements on Medicaid recipients and penalize them if they fail to comply: “The Medicaid program was established so that the most vulnerable Americans have access to […]
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CQC’s Scott Mulhauser On Open Enrollment

Consumers for Quality Care, December 19, 2017
Scott Mulhauser gave multiple radio interviews on December 15th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Dismantling Massachusetts’ Health Care Legacy

Donna Christensen, December 19, 2017
Originally appeared on Medium. “Quality care will truly be available and affordable for each and every man, woman and child in our state.” These were the words of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, my former colleague in the U.S. Congress, at the signing ceremony for Massachusetts’ landmark health care legislation in 2006. Eleven years ago, Massachusetts […]
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Donna Christensen Discusses Open Enrollment In Seattle

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2017
Donna Christensen appeared on Seattle’s KOMO-SEA on November 9th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Donna Christensen Discusses Open Enrollment On Fusion News

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2017
Donna Christensen appeared on Fusion TV on November 8th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Donna Christensen Discusses Open Enrollment In Chicago

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2017
  Donna Christensen appeared on Chicago’s CLTV on November 8th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Donna Christensen Discusses Open Enrollment In Portland

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2017
Donna Christensen appeared on Portland’s KOIN-POR on November 8th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Donna Christensen Discusses Open Enrollment In Charleston

Consumers for Quality Care, November 15, 2017
Donna Christensen appeared on Charleston’s WOWK on November 8th, to discuss open enrollment.
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Consumers for Quality Care Rejects President Trump’s Health Care Executive Order

Consumers for Quality Care, October 12, 2017
WASHINGTON – Former Member of Congress Donna Christensen, M.D., issued the following statement today on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care in reaction to the Trump Administration’s Executive Order that will undermine access to quality health care in the United States: “The uninsured rate in our nation is at its lowest level in history. This […]
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Op-Ed: In Push to Reshape Medicaid, States Must Put Patients First

Jim Manley, Donna Christensen, Scott Mulhauser & Jason Resendez, October 4, 2017
Read the full story here. With all the buzz over Republicans’ failed efforts to repeal Obamacare, many Americans may assume that all the action to overhaul health care is happening in Congress. Nothing could be further from the truth. Less noticed, but also critically important, is the fact that governors across the nation, including here […]
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Eight Coalition Partners Join CQC to Fight for High-Quality Health Care

Consumers for Quality Care, August 28, 2017
WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) announced the launch of a coalition that will amplify the group’s fight to ensure that patients – and their right to high-quality health care – remain at the front of the health care debate. The new partners represent a diverse cross-section of groups which have long provided a […]
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CQC Urges Massachusetts Health Care Consumers to Weigh in on Baker Proposal to Change Medicaid

Consumers for Quality Care, August 23, 2017
WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is urging Gov. Charlie Baker to reconsider aspects of his plan to radically reshape MassHealth, and to steer clear of adopting new harmful insurance practices into the program. Just last month, Gov. Baker released a new Medicaid proposal for comments from the public. The proposal comes in the […]
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CQC: Emergency Care Directive Risks Harm, Increased Costs to Patients

Consumers for Quality Care, August 15, 2017
Group calls on IN Insurance Commissioner to reject dangerous new policy WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) sent a letter today calling on Indiana Insurance Commissioner Stephen Robertson to reject a new directive from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield that would force their policy-holders to pay for emergency department visits that are ultimately not diagnosed […]
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Consumers for Quality Care Calls Out Anthem for Implementing Anti-Consumer Emergency Policy Despite Reporting Strong Second Quarter

Consumers for Quality Care, July 26, 2017
WASHINGTON – Anthem Inc. today announced a strong financial performance in their second quarter earnings call, despite recently issuing a new policy that would force customers in certain states to pay for their own emergency department bills if the company determines the event was not an actual emergency. Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) spoke out […]
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CQC to Govs: Consider Patients Before Applying Bad Insurance Practices to Medicaid

Consumers for Quality Care, July 24, 2017
WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) today sent a letter to the nation’s governors urging them to protect patients in their states by steering clear from adopting harmful insurance practices in their state’s Medicaid programs. CQC notes that while the country’s political attention has been focused on the debate in Washington, D.C. over the […]
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CQC: Jason Resendez Joins Consumers for Quality Care as New Board Member

Consumers for Quality Care, July 18, 2017
Washington, D.C. (July 18, 2017) – Consumers for Quality Care announced today the addition of Jason Resendez as a member of the group’s board of directors. Resendez, a respected health care advocate and strategist, will add to the growing voice for patients in the health care debate demanding better care. “Jason has established a reputation for bringing […]
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LTE: Information For Emergencies

Jim Manley, Scott Mulhauser and Donna Christensen, July 14, 2017
This letter to the editor originally appeared in the Augusta Chronicle. This week, Consumers for Quality Care, an organization aimed at providing a voice for patients in the health care debate, sent a letter to Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner expressing our concern with a new policy from Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. Since July 1, Georgia […]
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CQC: Emergency Care Directive Risks Harm, Increased Costs to Patients

Consumers for Quality Care, June 27, 2017
Group calls on insurance commissioners to reject dangerous new policy WASHINGTON – Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) sent a letter today calling on the insurance commissioners in four states to reject a new directive from Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield that would force their policy-holders to pay for emergency department visits that are ultimately not diagnosed as […]
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Politico Pro: New nonprofit aims to amplify patients’ voices in Obamacare repeal debate

Jennifer Haberkorn, June 6, 2017
Read the full story here. Three prominent Democrats are forming a new organization that aims to prop up the voices of patients in the Obamacare repeal debate. Consumers for Quality Care will be led by former Del. Donna Christensen, a former family physician and non-voting representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as former […]
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Top Health Care Advocates Join Forces to Form Consumers for Quality Care

Consumers for Quality Care, June 7, 2017
Alliance to help protect American health care consumers & demand high-quality health care WASHINGTON – As millions of Americans increasingly experience obstacles and barriers to quality health care, a group of advocates is launching a new initiative to shine a light on the problems consumers are facing. Consumers for Quality Care will be led by […]
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