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For Second Time in AGS History, Geriatrics Experts Award High Honor Typically Reserved for Individuals to Visionary Organization: West Health

SAN DIEGO, CA – May 13, 2022 – For only the second time in its near 80-year history, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has awarded one of its highest honors typically reserved for individuals to West Health, a family of nonprofit organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to enable older adults to successfully age in… Read more »

West Health’s Shelley Lyford Receives American Society on Aging Award

NEW ORLEANS – April 13, 2022 – Shelley Lyford, Chair and CEO of West Health, a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to improve aging in America, today received the American Society on Aging (ASA) Award, an honor given for outstanding contributions to aging-related research, administration, and advocacy. The ASA Award was… Read more »

112 Million Americans Struggle to Afford Healthcare

  High Prices, Low Value — Two New Composite Scores from West Health and Gallup Illustrate America’s Healthcare Cost Crisis WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mar. 31, 2022 — An estimated 112 million (44%) American adults are struggling to pay for healthcare, and more than double that number (93%) feel that what they do pay is not worth the… Read more »

Nonprofit Generic Drug Company Co-Founded by Gary and Mary West Foundation Will Manufacture and Distribute Low-Cost Insulin

Civica Rx Announces Plan to Significantly Cut Insulin Prices for People with Diabetes San Diego, CA – March 3, 2022 – Civica Rx, the nation’s first not-for-profit generic pharmaceutical company co-founded by the Gary and Mary West Foundation in 2018, announced plans today to manufacture and distribute insulins at significantly lower prices than those currently on… Read more »

Drug Manufacturers Would Owe $150 Million If Build Back Better Were Law

New study quantifies BBB intended inflation penalties on 25 high-spend drugs for Medicare recipients WASHINGTON, DC – March 1, 2022 – Drug manufacturers would have paid over $150 million in inflation penalties during the first quarter of 2022 if the Build Back Better Act were a law, according to a new study from the nonprofit… Read more »

West Health Statement on CMS Aduhelm National Coverage Determination

January 12, 2022 WASHINGTON, DC – West Health Chief Executive Officer, Shelley Lyford, issued the following statement regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) draft national coverage determination for Aduhelm, the controversial Alzheimer’s treatment. West Health is a family of nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations dedicated to lowering healthcare costs to improve aging in America…. Read more »

New Tool to Address Quiet Epidemic of Malnutrition in Older Adults

SAN DIEGO, CA – JANUARY 10, 2022 — Research teams from West Health Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to lowering healthcare costs and improving aging, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed a timely and easy-to-use new assessment program to diagnose and address a lesser-known epidemic among older Americans — malnutrition…. Read more »

Study Estimates New Framework for Medicare Negotiation Would Increase Federal Revenues by $100 Billion

Analysis of revisions to H.R. 3 estimates lower commercial market premiums and out-of-pocket costs WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 3, 2021 – As Congress revises legislation to reform prescription drug pricing, a new analysis conducted by the West Health Policy Center, and released by its Council for Informed Drug Spending Analysis (CIDSA), estimates that extending inflation penalties to the… Read more »