For immediate release
PAN Foundation contact:
Margaret Figley, Director of Communications
American Liver Foundation contact:
Jonathan Martin, National Director, Programs
Washington, D.C. (December 17, 2015) – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and the American Liver Foundation (ALF) today announced they are launching a new alliance to offer a broad spectrum of support for people living with Hepatitis C, a disease that affects over 3 million people in the United States. Working together, the PAN Foundation and ALF will ensure that people living with Hepatitis C have access to both financial and patient support resources, providing them with holistic support to best manage their disease.
“The PAN Foundation aims not only to reduce the financial barriers to critical treatment faced by many people with liver disease, but also to link them to resources that specialize in addressing their needs beyond financial support,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein. “Working closely with the American Liver Foundation will enable us to connect people with Hepatitis C to a nationwide network of staff and volunteers that provides outreach, education and patient support services.”
Combining ALF’s education tools and support services with the PAN Foundation’s financial assistance program will allow people living with Hepatitis C to access the treatment and services they need to improve their quality of life.
“It is truly an unprecedented time for the treatment of Hepatitis C. Yet, many people with a Hepatitis C diagnosis, and the families and friends who care for them, do not know where to turn to ensure that they have the latest information about treatment and financial assistance programs to help them gain access to the best medical care available,” said Tom Nealon, CEO and National Board Chair of the American Liver Foundation. “We are pleased to be aligning with the PAN Foundation to help change that and make a difference in the lives of those battling Hepatitis C.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Hepatitis C assistance program are eligible to receive up to $15,000 per year in financial assistance. Eligible patients must reside and receive treatment in the United States, must have health insurance, and the medication for which they seek assistance must be covered by their insurance and treat the disease directly. In addition, patients must fall at or below 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Patients, or advocates and caregivers applying on their behalf, can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal (www.panapply.org), or by calling 1-866-316-PANF (7263), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. To learn more about PAN’s more than 50 disease-specific programs, visit panfoundation.org.
About the PAN Foundation:
The PAN 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 over $1 billion in financial assistance to more than half a million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.
About the American Liver Foundation:
Founded in 1976, the American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation’s largest patient advocacy organization for people living with liver disease. ALF reaches more than 2 million people each year with health information, education and support services via its national office, 14 staffed U.S. divisions and an active online presence. Recognized as a trusted voice for liver disease patients, ALF also operates a national toll-free helpline, educates policymakers and the public, and provides grants to early-career researchers to help find a cure for all liver diseases. For more information about ALF, please visit www.liverfoundation.org or call the national helpline 1-800-GO-LIVER (1-800-465-4837).
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