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The West Health Policy Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, focused on lowering healthcare costs to enable successful aging.

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Informing better public policy decisions with insightful research, expert analysis and evidence-based education and outreach.

Healthcare Costs

Expert analysis on addressing the U.S. healthcare and prescription drug cost crisis.

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Value-Based Care

Solutions that reduce costs, improve efficiency, and encourage person-centered care.

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Successful Aging

Policies and models of care that improve existing infrastructure and better seniors' lives.

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Recent Work

Federal, state and local governments face important questions about how to develop policy solutions that better address longstanding issues including high prescription drug prices and costly medical services, rising health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and caring for a rapidly growing aging population. Explore recent work that sheds light on the issues and highlights solutions to transform healthcare and aging in America.

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March 1, 2022

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

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Press Release
January 12, 2022

West Health Statement on CMS Aduhelm National Coverage Determination

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Press Release
December 14, 2021

New Poll: Major Spike in Percent of Americans Skipping Medical Treatment due to Cost

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Press Release
November 3, 2021

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

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Press Release
September 29, 2021

9 in 10 Americans Want Dental Coverage as Part of Medicare

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Public Opinion Research

West Health has partnered with Gallup to give voices to the experiences and opinions of the American people through a robust and consistent platform of nationally representative surveys on high healthcare costs and aging. Our ongoing work sheds light on solutions the public supports, guiding the way toward achieving change.

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THE U.S. HEALTHCARE COST CRISIS REPORT

30%

of American adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 18-49 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 50-64 did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 65+ did not seek treatment due to cost in the last three months. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Black adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of White adults age 65+ report healthcare costs are a major financial burden.

of American adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Black adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 18-49 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 50-64 would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of White adults age 65+ would not be able to afford quality healthcare if they needed it today.

of American adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Black adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of Hispanic adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 18-49 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 50-64 report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of White adults age 65+ report healthcare costs contribute to stress in their daily lives.

of American adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of American adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Black adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of Hispanic adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 18-49 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 50-64 had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

of White adults age 65+ had a friend or family member pass away in the last year after not receiving treatment due to cost. (Oct. 2021)

The Issues Explained

A collection of policy analyses, infographics, and multimedia displays on policies that increase access, lower costs and improve care.

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PUBLICATION

2021 Healthcare in America Report

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RESEARCH

Americans Want and Need Dental Coverage in Medicare

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RESEARCH

The Case for Lower Drug Prices for All Americans

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AUTHORED ARTICLE

To lower drug costs, define ‘cost’ to mean net cost after rebates

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RESEARCH

Two Ways to Reduce Prescription Drug Costs

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AUTHORED ARTICLE

Limiting Coverage Based On Efficacy And Safety: A Path Forward For Medicare Regarding The Alzheimer’s Treatment Aducanumab

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VIDEO

Healthcare Consolidation: Major Contributor to Rising Costs

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VIDEO

High Drug Costs: TRx Of The Trade

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POLICY CENTER NEWS

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April 19, 2022

Brewing Alzheimer’s Drug Plan Fights Rest in Patients’ Hands

Medicare also has precedent on its side regarding coverage of other medical products developed for Alzheimer’s patients. Aduhelm isn’t the first medical product associated with Alzheimer’s disease that has been subject to a CED, said Sean Dickson, director of health policy at the West Health Policy Center.

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March 31, 2022

112 million Americans struggle to pay for health care

Around 112 million Americans have trouble paying for health care, while more than 90 percent of the country believes it is not worth the cost. The data was collected by Gallup and West Health through the Healthcare Affordability Index and Healthcare Value Index

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March 24, 2022

Aduhelm Pay-Formula Change Overshadowed By Other Developments

Aduhelm’s price drop in December was a windfall for providers in the first quarter of this year because Medicare was still reimbursing them the previous price plus the add-on payment, according to Sean Dickson, director of health policy for West Health.

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March 8, 2022

West Health Calls For Differential Treatment Of Rebates, Pharmacy Fees

CMS should subtract rebates and pharmacy fees from the prices that Medicare beneficiaries pay for drugs, but it should count them when calculating Part D coverage phases, according to West Health Policy Center.

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March 3, 2022

Non-profit drug maker will provide insulin for no more than $30 a vial

The venture will eventually be self-sustaining, said Shelley Lyford, vice chair of Civica Rx's board. It will initially produce enough insulin to cover about 30% of the market.

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March 3, 2022

A group of hospitals has a plan to get around Congress’s refusal to lower the cost of insulin

The consortium’s nonprofit company, Civica Rx, said Thursday it plans to manufacture and sell generic versions of insulin at no more than $30 per vial and $55 for five injector-pen cartridges, a fraction of list prices that currently range from $125 to more than $500.

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March 3, 2022

Civica aims to launch low-cost insulin in U.S. by 2024

Non-profit drugmaker Civica said on Thursday it expects to launch lower-cost versions of insulin in the United States by 2024, to help diabetic patients struggling with high prices for the life-sustaining medicine.

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March 3, 2022

Nonprofit Civica goes after insulin prices in a big way, prepping for $30 vials by 2024

And that’s just what nonprofit generic drugmaker Civica is looking to do, with plans to manufacture and market three of the most common forms of insulin: glargine, lispro and aspart. Perhaps most importantly, the company says it plans to set the price of each insulin to the consumer at no more than $30 per vial and no more than $55 for a box of five pen cartridges.

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February 18, 2022

Racial, Ethnic Divide in U.S. Views of Pandemic, Healthcare

Nearly seven in 10 Black adults and Hispanic adults are very or somewhat stressed about contracting COVID-19, compared with 57% of White adults, according to a survey by West Health and Gallup.

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February 18, 2022

Advocates seek other pathways to lower drug prices

A West Health and Gallup poll released this morning highlights the country's longstanding health disparities, which the pandemic has further exacerbated.

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Supporting Policy Leaders

West Health Policy Center is pleased to support the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program. The leadership program provides a unique opportunity to help improve healthcare for older adults by offering training for health and aging professionals to gain experience and skills needed to contribute to successful development and implementation of health policies impacting older Americans.

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Timothy A. Lash, MBA President & Chairman,
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Cristina Boccuti, MA, MPP Director, Health Policy Read Bio
Amy Herr, MHS, PMP Director, Health Policy Read Bio
Sean Dickson, JD, MPH Director, Health Policy Read Bio