fbpx Back to Top

Advocacy Resources


grandma with granddaughtergrandma with granddaughter

The Patient Access Network Foundation believes that cost sharing should not prevent anyone from obtaining medically necessary treatment.


PAN Position Statements

The PAN Foundation's mission is to help underinsured people with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access and affordability. The following position puts patients first in our complex healthcare system, and can help them access treatment at a price they can afford.

Learn More


Patient Advocacy Resources

How High Out-of-Pocket Costs Hurt Seniors

The Impact of Patient Assistance on Access, Medication Adherence and Quality of Life

The Medicare Patient’s Journey: Finding Financial Assistance for Prescription Medications

The Importance of Patient Assistance for Medicare Part D Beneficiaries

Map of PAN-Assisted Patients 2011-2019

National Survey on Out-of-Pocket Costs Among Medicare Beneficiaries: Executive Summary and Infographic


PAN Issue Briefs

PAN periodically publishes Issue Briefs on topics related to access to health care, cost sharing and the need for the safety net. For a summary on all PAN’s Issue Briefs, click here.

Issue Brief 1: Cost Sharing and Access to Prescription Medications

Issue Brief 2: Access to Prescription Medications Under Medicare Part D

Issue Brief 3: Patient Experiences With Out-of-Pocket Medication Expenses

Issue Brief 4: Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Issue Brief 5: Links Between Financial Hardship and Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs

Issue Brief 6: "Seasonality" of Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries

Issue Brief 7: Out-of-Pocket Costs and Specialty Medications

Issue Brief 8: Capping Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs for Medicare Beneficiaries

Issue Brief 9: High-Deductible Health Plans and Access to Prescriptions Medications

Issue Brief 10: Healthcare Access and Affordability: A Pressing Concern for Many Americans

Issue Brief 11: Medicare’s Low-Income Subsidy Program

Issue Brief 12: Modernizing the Structure of Medicare Part D

PAN Glossary

A quick reference for some of the most commonly used terms in healthcare.

Learn More


Travel Assistance Survey Report

In fall 2019, we distributed a transportation assistance survey to understand whether people with serious illnesses face transportation barriers that impede their ability to make medical appointments and pick up prescriptions. Findings from the survey reveal a gap that we’re working to bridge.

Learn More


PAN Challenge and Cost-Sharing Roundtable

A collaboration between PAN and The American Journal of Managed Care® (AJMC ®), the PAN Challenge (2015, 2016 and 2017) is a national competition seeking original research on the topic of patient assistance, focusing on patients’ out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications. The Cost-Sharing Roundtable is an annual event hosted by PAN in collaboration with AJMC ®. Bringing together advocacy leaders and policymakers, the Roundtable provides a forum to offer perspectives on patient cost-sharing challenges and potential policy solutions.

Learn More


Patient Resources

We offer information about patient support organizations, travel assistance for medical treatment, clinical trial information, caregiver resources and more.

Learn More