In addition to PAF’s core services, we are proud to operate these additional dedicated programs to meet the needs of specific groups of patients, caregivers and providers. These programs are supported through grants, partnerships and targeted donations.
The MedCareLine is a division of Patient Advocate Foundation staffed with a team of nurses and case managers who provide individualized case management services to a specific group of patients, caregivers and providers.
The team can assist with understanding insurance policies and appeals, providing educational resources and researching clinical trials. These case managers can also assist with facilitating referrals to co-payment programs, finding financial assistance resources and providing guidance to the uninsured patients to learn how to access necessary care and apply for public and charity assistance as needed.
Aetna Clinical Appeals CareLine
A patient and provider hotline to help Aetna patients with insurance navigation issues as well as denials associated with off-label medication use, pre-existing health condition, non-covered benefit or benefit exclusions, experimental/investigational denials or not medically necessary, out-of-network benefits, and coding or billing errors.
The Colorectal CareLine is designed to provide customized case management assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with a colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to care. Colorectal cancers include colon cancer, bowel cancer, cancer of the rectum, large intestine or appendix.
Heart Valve CareLine
The Heart Valve CareLine is designed to help patients, providers and caregivers who need assistance navigating the insurance world and accessing needed healthcare when dealing with the complications of a valvular condition. In addition, CareLine staff may be able to connect heart valve patients to a one-time $1,000 grant program that helps to cover expenses associated with heart valve treatments and transportation costs getting to and from treatment.
Hepatitis C CareLine
Through the Hepatitis C CareLine, experienced case managers serve as a direct resource for Hepatitis C patients assisting them with benefit coordination, educational and financial resources, help accessing the latest available treatment, navigation through the appeals and reimbursement processes, as well as other patient services.
HIV, AIDS and Prevention CareLine
Through the HIV, AIDS and Prevention CareLine, experienced case managers serve as a direct resource for patients and providers assisting with benefit coordination, educational and financial resources, help accessing the latest available treatment, navigation through the appeals and reimbursement processes, as well as other services to address healthcare challenges. This CareLine serves those who are diagnosed with HIV, AIDS or are currently being treated with an HIV prevention medication.
Jennifer Jaff CareLine
The Jennifer Jaff CareLine for Patients with IBD is specialized to serve those patients diagnosed with chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. CareLine case management professionals provide personalized help to navigate eligibility and enrollment in disability benefits, resolve insurance denials and appeals, prevent healthcare access hurdles and resolve other insurance-related issues as it relates to this diagnosis.
Financial Aid Fund Division
This independent division of Patient Advocate Foundation provides small grants to patients who meet financial and medical criteria. Grants are provided on first-come first served basis and are distributed until funds are depleted. Qualifications and processes for each fund may differ based on fund requirements. Patients who are interested in applying for financial assistance should start by calling this division toll free at (855) 824-7941. The small grant programs under the Financial Aid Fund division are not part of PAF’s Co-Pay Relief assistance program and operate independently from other case management services.
LEISHLine Financial Aid Fund
Patients diagnosed with ARDS, TSS, and/or Sepsis
This fund supports patients who have been diagnosed and treated for Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and/or Sepsis within the last 12 months. Once approved, the financial fund provides a one-time $1,000 grant to cover expenses related to transportation, housing and lodging, utilities, or food /nutrition needs. Each patient must meet income guidelines and provide diagnosis documentation in order to finalize the application. This fund was created through a partnership with the Begin Again Foundation in connection with their LEISHLine program to support patients.
Metastatic Breast Cancer Financial Aid Fund
Patients diagnosed with Stage III or Stage IV Breast Cancer
Supporting Stage III and Stage IV breast cancer patients, this financial fund provides a $600 grant specifically to cover various non-medical related expenses connected to treatment, including transportation assistance, food, utilities, housing expenses or pre-burial expenses. Each patient must meet income guidelines and provide documentation of current active treatment or treatment within the last 6 months in order to finalize the application.
Multiple Myeloma Transportation Financial Aid Fund
Multiple Myeloma Patients
This fund supports patients who have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Once approved, the financial fund provides a $300 grant to cover expenses related to transportation needed to maintain travel to and from treatment. Eligible patients include those who are undergoing active treatment, who have been in treatment within the last 2 years, or who have experienced a lapse in treatment due to financial difficulties. Each patient must meet household income guidelines and provide diagnosis documentation in order to finalize the application.
Transportation Financial Aid Fund
Metastatic Melanoma & Metastatic Lung Cancer Patients
Supporting patients currently receiving IV-infused treatment for metastatic melanoma or metastatic lung cancer, this financial fund grants $300 per year to cover transportation-related expenses connected to treatment appointments. Each patient must meet income guidelines and provide current treatment documentation in order to finalize the application. Please note that this is a patient-based initiative with limited funding, where patients must apply on their own behalf over the phone. Bulk applications or applications from providers will not be accepted.
PAF works in conjunction with many nonprofit and corporate partners, including but not limited to, American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America to meet the needs of patients across the United States.