Far too often, the cost of multiple myeloma drugs are simply too expensive for many patients. Even those with excellent medical insurance are often handed a pharmacy bill they can't afford to pay. Then what? For starters, one in ten patients stop treatment because of cost, and that decision can have dire consequences. (You can read more here.) But there is help out there and myeloma patients need not be shy in seeking it or in maximizing assistance programs. One such program that we at Myeloma Crowd love is The Patient Access Network Foundation. We personally know many who are currently using this program. One need not be financially destitute, approval takes just minutes, and the foundation works directly with your pharmacy so there are not complicated forms, co-pays or deductibles that you must cope with before getting help. It is simple and easy. About the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation The foundation offers help and hope to people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses, which includes multiple myeloma, for whom cost limits access to critical medical treatments. The inability to pay for essential medical care is not just a significant problem for the uninsured, but also for people who have health insurance. Rising deductibles, premiums, and co-insurance prevent many people from being able to afford the critical treatment they need. The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation is an independent, national 501 (c)(3) organization that partners with generous donors, healthcare providers and pharmacies. It provides the underinsured population access to the healthcare treatments they need to best manage their conditions and focus on improving their quality of life. Help for Multiple Myeloma Patients The foundation accepts applications for new and renewal patients. If your application for assistance is approved you can begin receiving funding immediately. An award of $10,000 per year is available for those who are approved. Patients may apply for a second grant during their eligibility period subject to availability of funding. Eligibility Criteria Patient should be insured and insurance must cover the medication for which patient seeks assistance. For example, if you are receiving Revlimid, your insurance should be covering that medication, even if it is at a minimal amount. For a complete list of covered medications, click here. The medication must treat the disease directly. Patients must reside and receive treatment in the United States. The patients income must fall below 500% of the Federal Poverty Level. (Click here for Federal Poverty Guidelines) How to Apply Applying is simple and fast. You can do it online by clicking here or by calling them directly at 1-866-316-PANF (7263). Approval takes just minutes. More Information For more information, visit the foundation's Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.
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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.