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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 25, 2011– Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation has begun providing co-payment assistance to underinsured patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Qualified patients will be granted up to $3,500 per year to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with their treatment.
Diabetic foot ulcers are sores that occur on the feet (typically on the bottom of the foot) of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. They are the primary cause of hospital admissions for diabetics. About 15 percent of people with diabetes develop foot ulcers during their lifetimes. Medical treatment of ulcers is critical because if left untreated, they can become infected, which in turn can lead to loss of a limb. Diabetic foot ulcers precede more than 80 percent of leg amputations in the U.S.
“We are pleased to be able to offer patients with diabetic foot ulcers co-pay assistance so that they have access to necessary treatments. We also hope to encourage more people with diabetes to treat this condition before it progresses,” said Pat McKercher, PAN's Interim President.
To qualify for assistance under this fund, patients must have health insurance, have a household income that is at or less than 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level and be receiving treatment for diabetic foot ulcers. Patients can start the application process online at www.PANFoundation.org or by calling (866)316-PANF (7263).
This new fund is an expansion of PAN’s 31 existing disease funds that cover conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. PAN provides grants of $1,500 to $10,000 per year to qualified patients to help pay for medications for these diseases. Since 2004, PAN has provided more than $165 million in assistance for out-of-pocket expenses to more than 120,000 patients in need. For more information about the Patient Access Network Foundation, visit www.PANFoundation.org.