The Pulmonary Hypertension Association continues to build congressional co-sponsorship for the Safe Step and HELP Copays acts. Rep. Neal Dunn (R-Fla.) signed onto the HELP Copays Act immediately after PHA’s visits with his legislative aide Tucker Williamson.

Other congressional staffers, like legislative assistant Celeste Woloshyn to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), said hearing from PHA helped encourage them to bring those bills to the attention of their bosses.

The Safe Step Act, which would limit step therapy requirements, has 67 sponsors in the House of Representatives and 31 in the Senate. The HELP Copays Act, which requires insurance companies to apply copay assistance funds beneficiaries’ deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums, has 57 House and 12 Senate sponsors. The more sponsors a bill has, the more likely it is to move forward.

Katie Kroner (left) and Celeste Woloshyn (right).