For immediate release
PAN Foundation Contact:
Maggie Naples, Director of Marketing and Communications
Washington, D.C., October 28, 2019—The PAN Foundation and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance today announced they are launching a new partnership to offer a broad range of support for people living with colorectal cancer.
Working together, the PAN Foundation and the Colorectal Cancer Alliance will ensure that people living with colorectal cancer have access to both financial and patient support services, providing them with the comprehensive support needed to best manage their condition.
“People living with colorectal cancer are often hit with incredibly high out-of-pocket costs for their prescription medications,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein. “Our goal is to ensure that they can start treatment without delay, regardless of cost. Thanks to our partnership with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, these patients can also access essential resources to learn more about their condition, receive peer support and improve their quality of life.”
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the U.S. and is the second leading cause of cancer death. It impacts approximately 145,000 people each year.
“We are determined to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime,” said Colorectal Cancer Alliance CEO Michael Sapienza. “Until we reach that goal, together with the PAN Foundation, we strive to provide comprehensive support to the more than 145,000 people across the U.S. affected by colorectal cancer each year.”
Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Colorectal Cancer Assistance Program are eligible to receive $2,800 per year in financial assistance. Eligible patients must be getting treatment for colorectal 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 listed on PAN’s list of covered medications. 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 7 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. To learn more about PAN’s nearly 70 disease-specific programs, visit www.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 $3 billion in financial assistance to nearly 1 million patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.
About the Colorectal Cancer Alliance:
Founded in 1999 by a group of 41 survivors, caregivers, and friends, today the Colorectal Cancer Alliance is the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to colorectal cancer. The Colorectal Cancer Alliance empowers a nation of allies who work together to provide genuine support for patients and families, caregivers, and survivors; to raise awareness of preventive measures; and inspire efforts to fund critical research. United in fierce determination to dramatically impact the way society sees this devastating disease, the Colorectal Cancer Alliance exists to end colorectal cancer in our lifetime.
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