For immediate release
PAN Foundation contact:
Margaret Figley, Director of Communications
Washington, DC, (January 26, 2017) – The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and Us TOO International today announced they are launching a new alliance to offer a broader range of support for the prostate cancer community. Working together, the PAN Foundation and Us TOO will ensure that people living with prostate cancer have access to a combination of educational resources and financial support services to more effectively manage their disease.
“At PAN, we aim to alleviate some of the financial burden facing patients and families with diseases like prostate cancer,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein. “Our alliance with Us TOO will help us expand that support beyond financial assistance alone. Together, we can connect patients to additional services, including educational materials and resources, local support groups, information on treatment options and more.”
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer among men in the United States, according to Us TOO. Every year more than 230,000 men are diagnosed with prostrate cancer, and approximately 30,000 die from the disease. If detected early, prostate cancer is often treatable.
“We are excited to work with PAN and expand the impact of the educational resources and support services we currently offer at no charge to prostate cancer patients and their families,” said Us TOO CEO Chuck Strand. “This alliance helps to address the needs of a growing prostate cancer population in the United States, which is currently more than 2.9 million and is estimated to reach 4.2 million men by the year 2024 as the baby boomer generation ages.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s prostate cancer program are eligible to receive up to $12,000 per year in financial assistance. Eligible patients must be getting treatment for prostate cancer; must reside and receive treatment in the United States; must have Medicare health insurance; and the medication for which they seek assistance must be covered by Medicare and must 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 1-866-316-7263, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern 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 $2.5 billion in financial assistance to more than 700,000 patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.
About Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network:
Us TOO International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that serves the prostate cancer community by providing educational materials and resources at no charge. The organization was founded by—and continues to be governed by—people directly affected by prostate cancer. Us TOO develops digital and printed educational materials and support services that include more than 200 volunteer-led support groups, the Us TOO website (www.ustoo.org), online communities, toll-free HelpLine (1-800-808-7866), and the monthly distribution of Hot SHEET newsletter and Prostate Cancer News You Can Use, in addition to educational/awareness events.
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