Why some patients getting drugmakers’ help are paying more

Source: Michelle Andrews, NPR

Until recently payments by the drug company helped Kristen Catton save money on her medical out-of-pocket expenses, because they counted toward her family's $8,800 annual pharmacy deductible on their health plan.

But this year, Catton got a shock. Her health plan changed the way it handles Novartis' payments, and the money no longer counts toward that deductible.  Under the copay accumulator programs introduced by some health plans in 2018, the process has changed.

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