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Ankylosing Spondylitis

Program Status

 

Fully Allocated – We are no longer accepting or processing applications for new or renewal patients.

Maximum Award Level

$ 3,800 per year

Eligibility Criteria

Patient must have Medicare insurance coverage.
The medication must treat the disease directly.
Patient must reside and receive treatment in the United States.
Patient’s income must fall below 400% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Get Help With Your Treatment

Apply Online (Click Here) or call 1-866-316-PANF (7263)

Information About the Disease

Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) (ANK-ki-low-sing spon-di-LIE-tis) is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the sacroiliac joints (where the spine attaches to the pelvis), spine, and hip joints. Ankylosing is a term meaning stiff or rigid and spondylitis means inflammation of the spine.

Enthesitis (inflammation of the place where ligaments and muscles attach to bones) accounts for much of the pain and stiffness of AS. This inflammation eventually can lead to bony fusion of the joints (where the fibrous ligaments transform to bone, and the joint permanently grows together).

For more information visit Spondylitis Association of America website or call 800-777-8189 or visit the Arthritis Foundation website or call 800-283-7800