PAN Expands Eligibility for Co-payment Assistance for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Disease Funds
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 7, 2011– Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is pleased to announce that it is immediately expanding eligibility for co-payment assistance for medications to underinsured patients with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. PAN assistance for Hepatitis B and C will now cover household incomes that are below 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Previously, an income of 200 percent or less of the Federal Poverty Level was required, which translated to a family of four earning less than around $44,000 annually. Now a family of four earning less than $89,000 is eligible for assistance.
This eligibility expansion is expected to nearly triple the number of patients eligible for assistance through both of PAN’s Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C funds. Qualified patients will be granted up to $4,500 per year to cover out-of-pocket expenses associated with their treatment.
“Chronic hepatitis is a serious condition that without treatment can result in cirrhosis of the liver and increase the long-term risk of liver cancer,” said Pat McKercher, PAN's President. “We are very pleased to be able to increase the pool of patients PAN is assisting and help more people be adherent to their hepatitis treatment plan.”
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can lead to long-term liver problems and sometimes death. While Hepatitis B and C are caused by two different viruses, the symptoms can be similar and may include fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, joint paint and jaundice. It’s estimated 800,000 to 1.4 million Americans are living with chronic Hepatitis B and 3.2 million Americans are living with chronic Hepatitis C. Antiviral medications are sometimes prescribed to prevent further liver damage in patients with Hepatitis B and C.
To qualify for assistance under either fund, patients must have health insurance, have a household income that is at or less than 400 percent of the FPL and be receiving medication to treat Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C. Patients can start the application process online at www.PANfoundation.org or by calling 1-866-316-PANF (7263).
About PAN Foundation
PAN’s 31 existing disease funds cover conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. PAN provides grants of $1,500 to $10,000 per year to qualified patients to help pay for medications for these diseases. Since 2004, PAN has provided more than $165 million in assistance for out-of-pocket expenses to more than 120,000 patients in need. For more information about the Patient Access Network Foundation, visit www.PANfoundation.org.