By Consumers For Quality Care, on February 11, 2020
WASHINGTON — Consumers for Quality Care (CQC), an organization dedicated to ensuring that patients – and their right to affordable, quality care – remain at the forefront of the health care debate, is pleased to announce that three new partners have joined its coalition: the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Treatment Communities of America, and the American Kidney Fund.
“We are thrilled to kick off 2020 with this diverse group of impactful organizations joining the CQC coalition. Whether a patient has difficulty affording critical care, managing their chronic condition, or obtaining adequate treatment, these organizations work tirelessly to advocate for their patient populations and raise awareness around their conditions,” said the Honorable Donna Christensen, CQC board member, physician, and former Member of Congress. “CQC looks forward to amplifying an increasing number of patient voices and communities through initiatives including the #HospitalFail Campaign, to put an end to predatory and financially toxic practices around the country.”
As the coalition continues to expand, CQC is proud to work with its partners to shape the health care debate through research, consumer-focused advocacy, and direct action on critical issues at the state and national levels.
“The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is thrilled to be joining the Consumers for Quality Care coalition. We look forward to working with fellow coalition members towards our shared goal of high-quality, patient-centric, accessible, and affordable health care,” said Kenneth Mendez, President and CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. AAFA focuses its advocacy efforts on access to care, clean air and the health impacts of climate change, healthy settings, food allergies, and federal funding. Specifically, AAFA supports policies that ensure patients with asthma and allergies have access to and can afford their insurance, medicines, and medical devices; that work toward clean, safe air for everyone and maintain strong standards to reduce harmful air pollutants that impact climate change; and that create healthy settings for those with asthma and allergies.
“Treatment Communities of America is proud to partner with Consumers for Quality Care,” said Patricia Clay, Executive Director of Treatment Communities of America. “Advocacy on Capitol Hill is one of our biggest member benefits, and our public policy issues include the elimination of the IMD Exclusion, continued funding of the Substance Abuse, Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SAPTBG), and the implementation of the Families First Prevention Services Act, to name a few. TCA looks forward to a long working relationship with CQC to ensure that patients’ needs remain front and center in the health care debate.”
“CQC plays a vital role in making policymakers aware of the challenges that consumers experience in the health care system. Ensuring kidney patients have access to quality health care is the foundation of the American Kidney Fund’s public policy agenda and we look forward to adding our voice to this growing coalition,” said LaVarne Burton, President and CEO of the American Kidney Fund.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Treatment Communities of America, and the American Kidney Fund join CQC and 16 other groups in advocating for the needs and rights of health care consumers.
Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is a coalition of advocates and former policy makers working to provide a voice for patients in the health care debate as they demand better care. CQC is led by a board of directors that includes the Honorable Donna Christensen, physician and former Member of Congress; Jim Manley, former senior advisor to Senators Edward Kennedy and Harry Reid; and Jason Resendez, health care advocate.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a not-for-profit organization founded in 1953, is the leading patient organization for people with asthma and allergies, and the oldest asthma and allergy patient group in the world.
Treatment Communities of America (TCA) is a nonprofit, member-led, professional association comprised of community-based substance use disorder treatment providers throughout the United States and its territories. TCA is a principle membership organization for SUD professionals and, as such, is dedicated to providing quality services and benefits to our members.
The American Kidney Fund (AKF) fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit. AKF works on behalf of the 37 million Americans living with kidney disease, and the millions more at risk, with an unmatched scope of programs that support people wherever they are in their fight against kidney disease—from prevention through post-transplant living. With programs of prevention, early detection, financial support, disease management, clinical research, innovation, and advocacy, no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF.