New funds open for patients living with inherited retinal disease

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation today opened three new assistance funds for patients living with inherited retinal disease. Qualifying patients will be eligible for grants to help cover the out-of-pocket costs associated with their prescribed inherited retinal medications, insurance premiums and required travel costs related to their inherited retinal disease treatment.

“The PAN Foundation is excited to be able to help patients with the out-of-pocket treatment, travel and insurance premium costs related to their inherited retinal disease,” said PAN President and CEO Daniel Klein. “We are committed to easing patients’ financial burdens so that they can access the critical medications they need to best manage their conditions and focus on improving their health and quality of life.”

Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Inherited Retinal Disease Programs must be getting treatment for inherited retinal disease; 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 must be listed on PAN’s list of covered medications. In addition, patients must fall at or below 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Patients who are eligible for the Inherited Retinal Disease Travel Program must be required to travel more than 20 miles (one way) to receive their prescribed treatment (exceptions to distance requirements are made for patients living in large metropolitan cities).

PAN’s travel assistance covers approved transportation, lodging and ancillary travel expenses. Qualifying patients will receive a travel debit card and can use that card to make travel arrangements to and from medical treatments.

Patients, or advocates and caregivers applying on their behalf, can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal (, or by calling 1-866-316-7263, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. To learn more about PAN’s over 60 disease-specific programs, visit

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 $3 billion in financial assistance to nearly 1 million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit