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Patient Advocate Foundation and Susan G. Komen Announce the Launch of a Financial Grant Program for Breast Cancer Patients

Release Courtesy of Patient Advocate Foundation
Financial assistance helps patients by providing funds for select support needs

Hampton, VA - August 12, 2013 - Beginning today, breast cancer patients now have access to financial support in the form of grants that contribute towards the expenses resulting from treatment including lymphedema care and supplies, childcare and/or eldercare or transportation costs necessitated by treatment. Nationally recognized case management organization Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has partnered with Susan G. Komen to launch the Komen Treatment Assistance Program Financial Aid Fund; ensuring breast cancer patients across the nation have access to monetary support that can bring needed relief during treatment.

Eligible patients include those who have been diagnosed and are in active treatment for breast cancer that fall within 250% or less of the federal poverty limits. Qualified patients may use the one time grant of $300 to cover expenses for lymphedema care and supplies, durable medical equipment, transportation costs associated with getting to and from treatment, prosthesis and wigs, or childcare and/or eldercare necessitated by treatment.

Patient Advocate Foundation’s professional staff is available to assist applicants and distribute funds through the toll free financial assistance line at (855) 824-7941  (855) 824-7941 FREE  . Live financial counselors are available Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am – 4pm eastern standard time to assist patients through the grant process.

Komen has provided generous support to Patient Advocate Foundation to launch this financial aid program allowing breast cancer patients greater monetary support services while involved in treatment and recovery. “PAF is known nationally for their important work helping patients deal with everyday challenges while accessing needed healthcare. We are pleased to provide the means to supplement PAF’s case management support by providing an avenue for financial assistance for breast cancer patients,” stated Komen’s Chief Mission Officer Chandini Portteus.

“More than 60% of the issues our case managers addressed last year surrounded medical debt and financial concerns as a result of illness. For the patient who is attempting to manage the additional costs inherent in cancer treatment, this grant will provide needed respite to an already stressed budget, “ stated Beth Patterson, President of Mission Delivery at PAF.

Patients needing assistance can call (855) 824-7941  (855) 824-7941 FREE   or learn more about the eligibility guidelines at www.patientadvocate.org/gethelp