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Voters Want More Transparency In Health Care

The Hon. Donna Christensen, December 9, 2018
Read the full op-ed on Las Cruces Sun-News. “Voters in New Mexico made their voices heard on Election Day. Now it’s time for elected officials to show voters that they hear their concerns, and act swiftly and concretely to address them. When it comes to health care, the consensus is clear: New Mexicans are tired […]
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Statement: Avoid Dangerous Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Plans During Open Enrollment

Consumers For Quality Care, December 4, 2018
WASHINGTON – With less than two weeks of the open enrollment period for health plans under the Affordable Care Act left and with many consumers making health plan choices at this point in the year, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) issued the following statement to warn consumers about the dangers of short-term, limited-duration insurance plans. “Short-term, […]
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Austin’s KUT Highlights CQC Research

Consumers For Quality Care, November 1, 2018
Austin’s NPR, KUT 90.5, highlighted Consumers For Quality Care’s latest research: “There’s an uptick in health insurance companies not covering emergency room care, according a consumer advocacy group. Washington, D.C.-based Consumers for Quality Care said the increase is the result of the Trump administration pushing less regulated health care plans in its effort to undo […]
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What Do Voters Want in Health Care? Hint: Not Partisan Politics

The Hon. Donna Christensen, November 1, 2018
Read the full op-ed on The Hill. “With less than two weeks before contentious midterm elections, agreement between Democrats and Republicans on the right course for Congress may seem more unlikely than hitting a billion-dollar jackpot. But, one lucky South Carolinian did win the Mega Millions lottery, and it turns out Americans on both ends of the […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Voters Really Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 30, 2018
Americans believe private sector has more power to impact system than Congress and Trump WASHINGTON – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals California Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Californians most frustrated by insurance costs, hospital fees and unexpected bills Sacramento, Calif. – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, California voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Colorado Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Coloradoans most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Denver, Colo. – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Colorado voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Florida Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Floridians most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Tallahassee, Florida. – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Florida voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Maryland Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Marylanders most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Annapolis, Maryland – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Maryland voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Maine Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Mainers most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Augusta, Maine – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Maine voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Michigan Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Michiganders most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Lansing, Michigan – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Michigan voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals New Hampshire Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
New Hampshirites most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Concord, New Hampshire – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, New Hampshire voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals New Mexico Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
New Mexicans most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Santa Fe, New Mexico – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, New Mexico voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Oregon Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Oregonians most frustrated by hospital fees and unexpected bills, insurance costs Salem, Oregon – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Oregon voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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New CQC-Ipsos Survey Reveals Washington Voters Want More Clarity, Information & Lower Costs in Health Care Experience

Consumers For Quality Care, October 31, 2018
Washingtonians most frustrated by insurance costs, hospital fees and unexpected bills Olympia, Wash. – A new survey from Ipsos on behalf of Consumers for Quality Care found that heading into election day, Washington voters are deeply frustrated by unpredictable costs and the lack of transparency in health care. The full survey findings can be found […]
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Health 202 Highlights Consumers For Quality Care’s Research

Consumers For Quality Care, October 30, 2018
The Washington Post’s Health 202 highlighted Consumers For Quality Care’s latest research: “A new survey from market research and consulting firms Ipsos found that voters heading into next week’s midterms are concerned about unpredictable health-care costs and the lack of transparency in the system. The survey, shared first in the Health 202 and conducted on […]
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Opinion: Combatting Health Care Costs With Common Sense

Jason Resendez, October 25, 2018
Read the full op-ed on Newport Daily News. “Anyone who has ever filled a prescription knows there’s lots of good information we can get at the pharmacy counter. Pharmacists provide us with critical facts about side effects, whether to take medicines with or without food, potential interactions with other medications and supplements, and other important […]
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Be Aware Of Pitfalls To Avoid Unnecessary Health Care Costs

Jason Resendez, October 18, 2018
Read the full LTE on The Register-Herald. “Americans are increasingly alarmed about rising health care costs. A recent Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) survey revealed that Americans worry more about paying for health care than they worry about costs associated with retirement, college, housing or child care. Insurance policies and billing procedures can lead to […]
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CQC Launches Consumer Education Efforts During Health Literacy Month

Consumers for Quality Care, October 2, 2018
WASHINGTON – October is Health Literacy Month. To support the goal of increasing consumers’ understanding of their health care, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is launching an effort to help health care consumers become more aware of insurance policies and billing procedures that can inflate costs. CQC, a coalition of advocates and former policymakers working […]
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With Lives at Stake, Congress Must Start Acting on Health Care

Jim Manley, August 27, 2018
Read the full op-ed on The Hill. “With midterm elections rapidly approaching, over half of voters say that health care is one of the three most important issues impacting their vote. Americans across the country, no matter their political leanings, agree that health care needs to be a priority for policymakers. However, in recent months, […]
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Statement by Consumers for Quality Care Board Following the Issuance of the Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance Final Rule

Consumers for Quality Care, August 1, 2018
WASHINGTON – Today, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), a coalition of advocates and former policy makers committed to providing a voice for patients in the health care debate, issued the following statement in response to the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services finalizing the short-term, limited-duration insurance rule. “By expanding access to short-term, […]
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CQC to Governors: Keep Patients at the Center of Medicaid Changes

Consumers for Quality Care, July 19, 2018
Read CQC’s full letter to governors here. Dear Governor: States are the laboratories of our democracy, and they can provide critical leadership in addressing our nation’s health care challenges. Unfortunately, many Governors are waging experiments with health care and Medicaid programs that threaten the most vulnerable, those most in need of coverage and those least […]
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CQC Statement Regarding CMS Decision on Massachusetts Medicaid Waiver Request

Consumers for Quality Care, June 28, 2018
Following please find a statement from the Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) Board of Directors Jim Manley, Donna Christensen, Scott Mulhauser and Jason Resendez: “As a coalition of advocates working to ensure that patients and their right to high-quality health care remain at the forefront of the health care debate, Consumers for Quality Care is […]
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CQC Comments On Proposed Medicaid Rule

Consumers for Quality Care, May 23, 2018
In a letter to Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, Consumers for Quality Care, MANA, A National Latina Organization, First Focus, Black Women’s Health Imperative, and National Minority Quality Forum commented on the Proposed Rule, Medicaid Program: Methods for Assuring Access To Cover Medicaid Services – Exceptions for States with Higher Managed […]
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Jason Resendez Talks About CQC’s Mission And Efforts

Consumers for Quality Care, May 16, 2018
Recently, Consumers for Quality Care board member Jason Resendez spoke about the company’s mission and efforts. Jason highlighted CQC’s recent survey, which found that consumers worry more about health care costs than the costs associated with retirement, college, housing or child care. Watch the interview below:
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Red or Blue: Consumer Health Care Issues Are a Winning Midterm Message

Jason Resendez , May 3, 2018
Read the full Op-Ed on Morning Consult. In today’s polarized democracy, so many aspects of daily life are far too politicized – and few issues more so than health care. A new survey reveals, however, that Americans on all sides of the aisle – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – are surprisingly aligned on the problems with our current […]
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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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