The PAN Foundation is proud to endorse the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2021, a bipartisan piece of legislation that will help states and local communities leverage existing programs and resources to address social determinants of health for patients, including access to food, housing, transportation, and employment. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Tom Cole (R-OK), Jim McGovern (D-MA), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).
Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, and work that shape their health, like housing and socioeconomic status. They drive up to 80 percent of health outcomes.
“Leaving social factors unaddressed leads to preventable disparities in health status, medication adherence, and disease outcomes,” said Dan Klein, PAN Foundation President and CEO. “This legislation is a step in the right direction of acknowledging the importance of social determinants in health outcomes and providing resources to address the holistic needs of patients.”
The PAN Foundation joined Aligning for Health in endorsing the legislation. Aligning for Health is a coalition of leading health insurers, providers, and vendors who recognize that health is connected to more than just access to clinical services.
The PAN Foundation is committed to advocating for policies that address social determinants of health and mitigate barriers that prevent patients from accessing their treatment.
Read more about our work on social determinants of health:
- Read the findings from our social determinants of health research
- Download our free social determinants screening tool
- Learn about our position on social determinants of health
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.
Liz Eckert, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
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