ACA exchange plans improve drug access for some complex diseases

Affordable Care Act exchange plans have made it easier for patients to access drugs that are used to treat complex diseases such as HIV, cancer and multiple sclerosis, according to a new analysis from Avalere. Additionally, health plans were less likely to place all drugs in a class on the highest cost-sharing tier.

"The trend toward better formularies is good news for consumers," writes Caroline Pearson, senior vice president at Avalere, in the analysis. "Plans that place some drugs used to treat a particular condition on a lower tier may improve access to treatments and mean patients pay less out-of-pocket for their care." Analysis