New systemic lupus erythematosus fund opens

The PAN Foundation today opened a new financial assistance program for people living with systemic lupus erythematosus, providing up to $6,300 per year for eligible patients.

Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most common form of lupus. This autoimmune disease can cause inflammation and pain in multiple organs or organ systems, either acutely or chronically. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that up to 322,000 people are living with, or are likely living, with systemic lupus erythematosus—giving some leeway for suspected but undiagnosed cases.

“Systemic lupus erythematosus is a complex illness. Chronic pain may come and go, it can take years to get a diagnosis, and, after all that, lupus requires highly individualized treatment. The last thing patients should have to worry about is how to afford their medications,” said PAN President and CEO Kevin L. Hagan. “That’s why PAN is happy to offer this financial support so that people living with systemic lupus erythematosus have one less thing to worry about. We are grateful for the generous support of our donors who made this new fund possible.”

Patients who qualify are eligible to receive $6,300 in financial assistance to pay for the deductibles, copays, and coinsurance costs associated with their treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus.

Eligibility requirements

To get financial assistance for systemic lupus erythematosus, patients must: 

  • Be getting treatment for systemic lupus erythematosus. 
  • Have health insurance that covers the qualifying medication or product.  
  • Have an income that falls at or below 500 percent of the federal poverty level.  

How to apply

Patients or caregivers applying on their behalf can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal. To apply on behalf of a patient, providers can use the provider portal, while pharmacists can use the pharmacy portal. A series of how-to guides are also available for the patient portal, including common tasks like creating an account and applying for assistance online.    

Other patient support services at PAN

Apply for transportation assistance

PAN grant recipients may also qualify for transportation assistance to allow them to get to and from activities that improve their overall health outcomes, including healthcare services, social connection and support, and healthy and nutritious food. Check your eligibility to learn more.

Connect with a patient support organization

PAN recognizes that people with serious health conditions—and their families and caregivers—need support beyond financial assistance. That’s why we partner with more than 20 leading patient advocacy groups to connect people to communities that can offer support with the complex physical, emotional, and practical realities of life-threatening, chronic, and rare diseases. Learn more about our partners.

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