Understanding Accumulator Adjusters & Maximizers
Discriminatory insurance tactics like copay accumulator adjuster programs and copay maximizers directly impede access to care for patients with bleeding disorders. Learn what each of these practices look like, how to identify them in your health care plan and if you are impacted by either, what actions you can take to continue accessing care. Also, learn what actions are being taken at the state and federal levels to address these concerns and how you can amplify this issue so lawmakers take notice!
Stephanie Hengst has worked with The AIDS Institute, a national nonpartisan, public policy, advocacy, research, and education organization that advocates for people with HIV and viral hepatitis since 2017. As the Manager for Policy & Research she focuses on issues of healthcare access and affordability through federal and state advocacy and policy analysis. Her work ensures that health insurance plans provide fair and equitable coverage to people living with complex and chronic conditions, that federal funds are allocated to further the goal of ending the HIV and hepatitis epidemics, and that the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program is reaching the communities most in need. Prior to joining The AIDS Institute, Ms. Hengst worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on implementation of the Affordable Care Act; first working with states as they established their state-based marketplaces, and then as a subject matter expert on eligibility and enrollment policy and operations in the federally-facilitated marketplace. While at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Ms. Hengst gained expertise in data dissemination and communications, which informed HRSA’s quality improvement efforts of the Community Health Center programs. Ms. Hengst earned a B.A. from Purdue University and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota.