Extra Help education hub honored at 2021 Digital Health Awards

PAN’s Extra Help education hub, a free resource created to help patients and healthcare providers apply for the federal aid program, won bronze in the category of “web-based digital help, microsite” at the spring 2021 Digital Health Awards.  

The Extra Help program—also known as the Low-Income Subsidy program—is administered by the Social Security Administration and was designed to assist people with their Medicare prescription drug plan costs. Thousands of Medicare beneficiaries—many of whom are PAN grant recipients—may qualify for state or federal assistance from the program but don’t know that they are eligible or struggle with the complex application.  

Successful applicants can save 85 percent or more on their out-of-pocket medication costs through the program.

PAN launched the education hub earlier this year, including custom tools to help patients get organized before starting the application, like a five-question eligibility checker and an interactive application checklist. 

The goal of the Digital Health Awards is to recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. The awards are held twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall.  

“This educational tool makes it easier for patients to apply for federal aid that can lower their medication costs,” said Dan Klein, PAN’s President and CEO. “I’m proud of the work our team did to create this valuable resource and thrilled that the Digital Health Awards recognized its value.”  

About the PAN Foundation 
The PAN Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to helping federally and commercially insured people living with life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases with the out-of-pocket costs for their prescribed medications. 

Since 2004, we have provided nearly 1 million underinsured patients with $4 billion in financial assistance. Partnering with generous donors, healthcare providers and pharmacies, we provide the underinsured population access to the healthcare treatments they need to best manage their conditions and focus on improving their quality of life. Learn more at panfoundation.org. 

About the Digital Health Awards 
The Digital Health Awards recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals. The awards program is organized by the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC), a clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. The Digital Health Awards is an extension of the HIRC’s National Health Information Awards, the largest program of its kind in the United States. Learn more on their website. 


Liz Eckert, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
Email: leckert@panfoundation.org