PAN Foundation Launches Ovarian Cancer Cost-Sharing Assistance Program
Washington, DC, March 3, 2015 – The Patient Assistance Network (PAN) Foundation announced an expansion of its cost-sharing assistance programs for patients, unveiling a new program for eligible women with ovarian cancer. This is the third addition to the PAN Foundation’s spectrum of disease-specific financial assistance programs this year, following the expansion of the HIV/AIDS assistance program to include prevention therapies in January and the addition of a Parkinson’s disease assistance program in February.
The PAN Foundation now offers assistance for 23 different cancers and has nearly 60 total assistance programs, spanning cancer, chronic illnesses and rare diseases. The new ovarian cancer assistance program will help combat a disease that may take the lives of over 14,000 women in 2015, according to estimates by the American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS also estimates that more than 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
“By helping eligible women pay for the out-of-pocket costs associated with the treatment of ovarian cancer, we hope that more women will have access to critical therapies and have the chance to live longer healthier lives,” said PAN President and CEO Daniel Klein. “The PAN Foundation is committed to finding ways to ease the financial burdens on patients, so that they can focus on feeling better and hopefully recovering from potentially devastating diseases like ovarian cancer.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s ovarian cancer assistance program are eligible to receive up to $20,000 per year to cover costs associated with their prescription medications. To qualify, applicants need to have insurance that covers the medication for which they seek assistance. In addition, they need to reside and receive treatment in the United States and need to have a household income less than or equal to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.
“We are delighted that the PAN Foundation’s new ovarian cancer assistance program will help women afford their treatment, relieving them of financial stress during a difficult time,” said Calaneet Balas, Chief Executive Officer of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. “Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest cancers, as there is no early detection test. Anything we can do to ease a woman’s journey through ovarian cancer, for both her and her family, is welcome.”
About Ovarian Cancer
The National Cancer Institute defines ovarian cancer as “cancer that forms in tissues of the ovary (one of a pair of female reproductive glands in which the ova, or eggs, are formed).” According to the Institute, two cancers make up the majority of cases: ovarian epithelial cancers, which originate in the cells of the ovary’s surface, and malignant germ cell tumors, which originate in egg cells. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance says women 55 to 64 years of age are at highest risk of ovarian cancer, while the American Cancer Society states that a female’s lifetime risk of getting ovarian cancer is one in seventy- five.
About the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) is a powerful voice for everyone touched by ovarian cancer. This organization connects survivors, women at risk, caregivers and health providers with the information and resources they need. OCNA ensures that ovarian cancer is a priority for lawmakers and agencies in Washington, DC, and throughout the country. OCNA helps communities raise their voices on behalf of every life that has been affected by this disease. To learn more, visit www.ovariancancer.org
About the Patient Access Network Foundation
The Patient Access Network Foundation is an independent, nationwide 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. Since 2004, PAN has provided more than 400,000 underinsured patients with over $880 million dollars in much needed financial assistance to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses across nearly 60 disease-specific programs. For applications and eligibility questions, call 1-866-316-PANF (7263). To learn more, visit www.PANfoundation.org.