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PAF Expands Health Insurance Marketplace Guides for Spanish-speakers

February 5, 2014 Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) and National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) are pleased to have worked with the Cancer Support Community and 16 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations to develop and launch a Spanish language version of the Cancer Insurance Checklist: Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer today. The Checklist was originally launched in September to help people who have cancer, a history of cancer or are at risk for cancer, choose insurance plans in the new state-based health insurance marketplaces that opened on October 1, 2013. This resource complements the recent publication of the Spanish edition of the PAF and NPAF co-authored Health Reform and You – La Reforma de Salud y Ud, a consumer-focused publication that helps introduce and educate patients to the insurance marketplaces.

“Perhaps the most important decision a patient will make once in the marketplace is which plan to select and ultimately enroll given the variety of options presented,” stated Dr. Alan Balch, Chief Executive Officer of PAF and NPAF. “We are pleased to be a part of an initiative that significantly reduces the language barrier for Spanish-speaking patients and improves access to marketplace information.“

Available at and, the Cancer Insurance Checklist: Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer guides Spanish-speaking consumers to review the coverage within each insurance plan they are considering, taking note of coverage for services provided by their health care team, where care is delivered, medications and various common cancer treatments and services they may need. This resource encourages consumers to carefully review the coverage details within each insurance plan available given the potential for significant medical and financial impact in the future by providing a worksheet to help identify the costs associated with each plan.

Additionally, La Reforma de Salud y Ud - Una Guía para el Usuario sobre Los Mercados de Seguro Médico is a user’s guide containing easy-to-understand language to help introduce Spanish-speaking patients, caregivers and providers to the marketplaces as they engage in the process of selecting and enrolling in insurance coverage. This resource can be accessed online at

For additional services related to insurance and/or healthcare access challenges, patients are encouraged to contact Patient Advocate Foundation’s toll-free case management services at 800-532-5274. PAF professional case management services are available to Spanish speaking callers and are completely free.

About National Patient Advocate Foundation
National Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization providing the patient voice in improving access to, and reimbursement for, high-quality healthcare through regulatory and legislative reform at the state and federal levels. NPAF translates the experience of millions of patients who have been helped by our companion, Patient Advocate Foundation, which provides professional case management services to individuals facing barriers to healthcare access for chronic and disabling disease, medical debt crisis and employment-related issues at no cost. More information can be found at

More details about the Cancer Insurance Checklist
The Cancer Insurance Checklist developed by PAF, NPAF, CSC and a group of 16 partnering cancer and patient advocacy organizations, is a resource to help people with cancer, a history of cancer or a risk of cancer choose insurance that will best meet their medical needs. The Cancer Insurance Checklist was created through a partnership of the following organizations: The Assistance Fund, Association of Community Cancer Centers, Avalere Health, Cancer Support Community, Chronic Disease Fund, Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, International Myeloma Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Lung Cancer Alliance, Melanoma Research Foundation, Men’s Health Network, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, National Patient Advocate Foundation, Oncology Nursing Society, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Patient Advocate Foundation, Patient Services, Inc. and Prevent Cancer Foundation. Production costs for the Cancer Insurance Checklist were supported by a grant from Novartis Oncology. The Checklist as well as a glossary of insurance terms frequently used in the insurance marketplaces can be found at