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A Year-End Message from PAN's President

 

Dear Friends:

As 2012 comes to a close, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our partners – people like you - whose generosity has allowed Patient Access Network (PAN) to fulfill its mission in providing financial assistance to approximately 50,000 patients this year.

PAN’s impact is best reflected in the stories of our patients who decided to express their appreciation for the help they received from PAN by writing thank you letters to us. We have included some of them below to share with you the feelings of gratitude from our patients to us, and thus from us to you.

While we are grateful for our success in 2012, we know our work is far from being over. As we approach the implementation of health care reform we will likely see increased patient demand from newly underinsured coming from the previously uninsured patient population. While some of the details are still being finalized surrounding healthcare reform and what coverage will look like, there is every indication the need for cost sharing will still exist. The character of cost sharing will likely shift and we have put considerable effort into planning and modifying our grant management processes to accommodate these changes.

This is an important message for me to convey because some observers are under the impression that cost sharing will disappear in 2014 when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented. We believe quite the opposite, and are committed to adjusting our operations to accommodate the changing needs of the patients, so that no patient has to go without their life-saving medications when they need them the most.

With you, we will also work through the evolution and shaping of exchanges and whatever provisions there are for cost sharing and patient assistance. Although it is difficult tackling the unknown, our conversations and support from you continue to be absolutely essential. Please do not hesitate to give us a call or drop us an email with your thoughts.

Happy holidays and best wishes for a safe and happy new year!

  • Sincerely,
  • Patrick McKercher, PhD
  • President, PAN Foundation