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Media 2011 (2nd Half)

PAF/NPAF Media Report
December 2011

PAF Mentions

Your Questions, Our Answers
Cancer Today
December 1, 2011

This article is from Cancer Today’s Winter 2011 issue and covers answers to patient questions. Erin Moaratty is the second expert (of three) in this article and answers “How can I find help paying for cancer treatment or managing my bills?” Erin’s answer covers over five paragraphs of information! At the end of her answer, information and links to the following are included: PAF, Co-Pay Relief Program, Partnership for Prescription Assistance, and Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

Information About College Assistance for Young Cancer Survivors
Bright Hub Blog

December 6, 2011

Bright Hub blog covers information about college money for cancer survivors. It also includes information about PAF’s Scholarship for Survivors program.

Single Parenting and Cancer
Rica's LiveStrong Adventures blog
December 9, 2011

Rica’s Livestrong Adventures’ specific blog post, titled “Single Parenting and Cancer,” covers the struggles of this single mother of two, who has cancer. The blog post covers thoughts and struggles centered around finances, academics, housework and emotions. Information about PAF and PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program are listed under “Financial.” Specifically, the blogger states: “There are great organizations, like Patient Advocate Foundation, that have programs, like the PAF's Co-Pay Relief program. I know I'm applying.”

Protect yourself against health insurance reversal
CNN Health
December 11, 2011

This article from CNN’s Health Blog, “The Chart,” covers information for patients to protect themselves against health insurance reversal. The blog lists ways to minimize your risk, two of which are from PAF: “Get help” and “Be persistent.” The blog post also includes a quote from Nancy Davenport-Ennis: “You may go through three or four levels of appeals before you get a favorable resolution.”

Also posted on:
Channel 3000 (Wisconsin):
KTVQ (Montana):

No Health Insurance? No Problem: 10 Ways to Access Medical Care
iTriage blog
by Amelia Laing
December 12, 2011

This blog on iTriage lists ten ways to access medical care when you are without health insurance. The majority of this blog contains information about PAF.

The Highest-Rated Charities in America: 2011
Main Street
by Greg Emerson
December 14, 2011

This article from Main Street lists the highest-rated charities in America for 2011 according to Charity Navigator scores. They are as follows:

1. Give Kids the World
2. Patient Advocate Foundation
3. The Navy SEAL Foundation
4. Homes for Our Troops
5. Special Operations Warrior Foundation
6. Teach for America
7. Environmental Law and Policy Center
8. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
9. Spondylitis Association of America
10. Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Programs to assist with paying existing medical bills and debts Where you Discover!
December 15, 2011

Blog – Where you discover! covers information about programs to assist with paying existing medical bills and debts. PAF is listed under “Free medical care from charities.”

Health 411: Medical group imposes fee for administrative costs
Los Angeles Times
by Lisa Zamosky
December 19, 2011,0,7931768.story

This article from Los Angeles Times covers information about fees from insurance companies for administrative services, a practice that is ramping up. The article covers the differences in what insurance companies paid years ago versus today due to the economy and the cost of running a physician practice. PAF is referenced in this article and Nancy Davenport-Ennis is quoted: “Five years ago, if a patient needed assistance obtaining pre-authorization from an insurance company for medical care, the doctor's office could just pick up the phone and get it approved, explains Nancy Davenport-Ennis, chief executive and founder of Patient Advocate Foundation, a national nonprofit based in Hampton, Va. The same process today could require multiple letters with supporting documentation and multiple telephone conversations.”

Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) receives a $9.3 million contribution
Richmond Disability Examiner
by Nancy Carey
December 21, 2011

An article from Richmond Disability Examiner provides information from the press release about the $9.3 million contribution to the Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR). The article includes links to PAF’s website and includes the quote from Nancy Davenport-Ennis.

PAF/NPAF Media Report
November 2011

PAF Mentions

Navigating Cancer Care
Healthcare in Hampton Roads
By Natalie Miller Moore
November 2011

This three-page article in Healthcare in Hampton Roads covers the big and small issues involved in a cancer diagnosis. The article covers patient cases and highlights the work of Patient Advocate Foundation. It includes quotes from PAF staff: Margie Griffin, Senior Service Program Director/Senior Case Manager; Tanya Walker, RN, BSN, Senior Clinical Case Manager; and Pat Jolley, RN, Chief of Patient Services.

More Virginians are without health insurance
Daily Press
By Prue Salasky
November 1, 2011

This article from Daily Press reports that the number of Virginians without health insurance continues to rise. The article covers information from The Commonwealth Institute and shares a photo of PAF patient Dinat Minor who was assisted by PAF’s VCUP.

Do You Have to Choose Between Insurance and Employment?
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation
by Stacia Wagner
November 1, 2011

This post from the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation website reports on the young people in the U.S. that are underinsured and includes information from the 2006 National Cancer Institute and LiveStrong Young Adult Alliance study. At the end of the article, PAF is listed as a reference with a link to the website.

Open Enrollment
Express News (DC)
November 18, 2011
Link not available

Patient Advocate Foundation was mentioned in a 4-page section titled “Open Enrollment” and specifically under “5 Tips to Save on Coverage.” The number four tip is to “find an advocate.” PAF is listed here as a resource along with the website address.

How to Fight a Denied Medical Claim
Fox Business News
by Donna Fuscaldo
November 8, 2011

This article from Fox Business is about fighting a denied medical claim. PAF is extensively referenced as a resource and Erin Moaratty is quoted. “According to Patient Advocate Foundation, the appeals letter should include a letter from the doctor addressing the specifics of the illness, any key information from your medical records and any articles from peer-reviewed medical journals that can support your claims….Consumers can also turn to non-profits like Patient Advocate Foundation for help. The non-profit has served 83,000 patients last year alone.”

Also featured on:
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I cannot afford my prescription drugs!
Dr. Health and Wellness Blog
November 10, 2011

This blog lists available resources to assist those who are having a difficult time paying for prescriptions, including a link to PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program.

Accessing What’s Yours (PART 1)
1 Up On Cancer blog
November 13, 2011

This is the first of a 2-part series about Access Issues. The article states: “Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is one of those organizations who will partner with you to navigate the systems. Their nurses, disability specialists, Medicare or Medicaid gurus, coding and billing experts will step in as negotiator or mediator if you’ve faced job discrimination or financial hurdles tied to your diagnosis.”

Health plans requiring more and more from workers
by Elizabeth Simpson
November 13, 2011

This article from The Virginian-Pilot covers information about employers that encourage wellness programs. NPAF is referenced and you are quoted in the article: “Nancy Davenport-Ennis, founder and chief executive officer of the National Patient Advocate Foundation, said she supports encouraging wellness but is leery about linking insurance coverage to outcome measures."I think the focus on wellness is a good thing as long as you don't have the flip side of making obese people pay higher rates," she said. "That's where the slope gets slippery." If people are penalized for lifestyle choices, she said, they're more likely to drop insurance altogether, get sick and cost the system more in the long run.”

Is it possible for an adult with no health insurance to get tested for an Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Blog
November 20, 2011

This article questions whether you need someone in your corner when you don’t have insurance and lists helpful resources, including Patient Advocate Foundation.


Study Finds Medicare Cancer Care Costs Lower at Physician Practices
Cancer Network
November 1, 2011

This posting is from Cancer Network and reports on last week’s teleconference about the Milliman study. The article states: “a new study that examined the cost of cancer care delivered by community practices vs the outpatient hospital setting shows that cancer care costs for Medicare beneficiaries are significantly lower in community-based care settings. The NPAF letter to the Congress committee states that 80% of cancer patients under Medicare Part B receive care from community oncology clinics, making this study a potentially powerful way for the advocacy group to bolster their view.”

Study: Community cancer treatment cheaper than in urban areas
Insurance Corner
November 2, 2011

This article discusses the study from the U.S. Oncology Network which found that per-patient-per-month cancer treatment service costs are much less expensive in a community care setting for Medicare patients. Nancy Davenport-Ennis is quoted as saying: “When cancer care providers shift from the community to more urban settings, this often represents an access to care challenge for patients constituted by added travel costs and lodging requirements that many patients simply cannot afford, especially those patients residing in rural communities."

Healthcare Organizations Urge Congress to Reject Medicaid Part D Proposal
California Healthcare Institute
November 7, 2011

This article reports that more than 200 leading patient, labor, business and healthcare organizations (including NPAF) are urging Congress to reject a proposal that would impose Medicaid’s rebate structure on the Medicare Part D program, which experts predict would likely reduce access to life-saving medicines and increase out-of-pocket costs for millions of seniors, veterans and disabled Americans.

Employers use incentives to reward healthy behavior
by Elizabeth Simpson
November 14, 2011

This article is from Sunday’s The Virginian-Pilot and reports that “health care costs rise and the economy continues to sputter, employers are crafting plans that require more from their workers: higher deductibles and other cost-sharing features; more commitment to improving their health; and managed money accounts that get them more engaged in their health care decisions.” NPAF is referenced in this article and Nancy Davenport-Ennis is quoted. Also, on the left side of the article online, there is a pull-out box with patient advocate information. One section, titled “Choosing a Plan” references PAF and provides a link to the website.

Medicaid May Require Approval For Some Cancer Drugs
Connecticut Health I-Team
by Colleen Shaddox
November 28, 2011

This article states that a state panel wants doctors to get prior authorization before prescribing certain chemotherapy drugs to Medicaid patients. But advocates say that this will create dangerous delays in getting low-income cancer patients appropriate treatment. The state insists that doctors will get prescribing authorization rapidly. Along with U.S. Pain Foundation, Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness, Kidney Cancer Association, Witness Project of Connecticut, and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, NPAF is listed as an organization that opposes these changes.

This was also posted on:
 • CT Watchdog:

PAF/NPAF Media Report
October 2011

PAF Mentions

Meeting the Challenges of Oral and Head and Neck Cancer
Plural Publishing
October 2011
PAF wrote Chapter 14

Battling breast cancer in a down economy
The Journal News/
by Linda Lombroso
October 2, 2011

This article from The Journal News/ tells patient stories of those who were without health insurance when diagnosed with breast cancer. The article covers the steps taken when diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in this economy. PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program is listed as a resource, along with the website and phone number, in a pull-out on the first page of this article.

5 ways to bring down big medical bills
The Detroit News
by Kristen Gerencher (MarketWatch)
October 3, 2011

This article from Detroit News is a MarketWatch article from September about having your doctor as an ally when you are struggling with medical bills. It gives advice on ways to deal with medical bills – including speaking with your doctor. The article makes mention of PAF, stating, “The Patient Advocate Foundation offers free help for patients with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness regardless of whether they have health insurance.”

Can’t Afford Health Insurance? Here’s What to Do
Main Street
by Money Talks News
October 5, 2011

The MoneyTalksNews article explains what to do if you don’t have health insurance. It was posted on Main Street, which is part of The Street. PAF is listed as a resource stating: “Patient Advocate Foundation is a national nonprofit that offers advice, case management assistance, a program that helps those who already have insurance and certain diseases get lower co-pays, and a database of financial resources sorted by state.”

How to Deal With Big Medical Bills (blog on
By Tomer Shoval
October 5, 2011

This blog on covers how to deal with medical bills. The blog lists out steps for handling big bills and lists PAF’s Co-Pay website as a reference.

Breast Cancer's Financial Toll, Part 2: Where to Go for Help
AOL News’ Daily Finance
by Sheryl Nance-Nash
October 5, 2011

This was also posted on:
Equity Jungle

This article from AOL News’ Daily Finance covers financial questions/issues when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. The article is Part 2 in a series and lists PAF, along with the website address, as a resource, stating “Active breast cancer patients living anywhere in the U.S. may seek financial help from the Patient Advocate Foundation, which helps with co-pays for prescriptions and/or pharmaceutical treatments.

Don’t Let Treatment Put You In Debt: Financial Aid for Breast Cancer Patients
Go Banking Rates
by Stacey Bumpus
October 8, 2011

This article from covers the financial challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis. PAF is listed as an "additional source of breast cancer treatment financial aid." The article states "Patient Advocate Foundation: This is another national organization that helps cancer patients deal with financial difficulties associated with the illness. It also runs the Co-Pay Relief Program, which assists insured cancer patients in paying the costs of their prescription co-pays."

In support of Dempsey mission
The Sun Journal
by Stuart Arbuckle
October 9, 2011

A letter to the editor written by Stuart Arbuckle, Amgen’s Vice President was placed in The Sun Journal. The previous weekend, Patrick Dempsey's "The Dempsey Challenge" to raise money for The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at Central Maine Medical Center, occurred. The letter brings notice to this effort and to the Breakaway from Cancer partnership, which includes Patient Advocate Foundation.

Cancer treatment costs can be prohibitive, even with insurance
The Washington Post
by Michelle Andrews
October 10, 2011
Kaiser Health News:

This article was also placed in Kaiser Health News:
When Battling Cancer, Patients Often Face Hefty Expenses
Kaiser Health News
by Michelle Andrews
October 11, 2011

Medical technology is a double-edged blade in the world of insurance and cancer
Live Insurance News
by Colleen Jeremy
October 11, 2011

This blog post on Live Insurance News covers medical technology and cancer patients. The post references information from a recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality study, which found that patients with cancer typically pay 20% more for health insurance coverage than those with other chronic illnesses. It also includes information about PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program stating, “…cancer patients struggling with the cost of their disease may find some help through the Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program.”

This was also posted on the following:
Cancer Insurance | Medical Technology Is A Double-edged Blade In The World Of Insurance And Cancer
Insurance Finder
October 11, 2011

Cancer Treatment Costs Can Be Prohibitive, Even With Insurance
Free Insurance Quotes
October 11, 2011

How to review your health insurance options during open enrollment season
Daily Press
by Nicole Paitsel
October 16, 2011

This article covers information about AMP Radio’s Pink for October campaign, which includes partner Breakaway from Cancer. It then goes on to list BFC’s partners, which includes PAF.

Health insurers redesign explanation-of-benefits statements for easier reading
by Lori Johnston
October 21, 2011

The article from covers explanation-of-benefits statements from insurance companies. The article references PAF extensively, quotes Erin Moaratty and provides bullet points from PAF about “What to look for on an EOB statement.”

Do Not Miss Out. Understand How Part D Works
IndoAmerican News
by Sudhir Mathuria
October 21, 2011

This article covers information about Medicare Part D and the coverage gap. The article lists five ways to lower your costs in the coverage gap and lists PAF as a resource to help with drug costs.

Overhaul helps some with Medicare, but many still struggle
The Virginian-Pilot
by Amy Jeter
October 24, 2011

This article from The Virginian-Pilot reports information about struggles with Medicare and prescription drugs. According to this article, the doughnut hole has helped some and hindered others: “Even with reductions, drug costs in the doughnut hole are difficult for Medicare beneficiaries to afford, particularly in a down economy.” The article lists PAF as a reference and quotes Erin Moaratty.

Clinical trials on trial: Underserved patients, institutional frustrations complicate research efforts
HemOnc Today
October 26, 2011

The article from HemOnc Today covers information about cancer patients and clinical trials. The article discusses findings from the Intercultural Cancer Council, specifically the lack of diversity in patients. The article references NPAF, stating: “Of patients who participated in trials, only 8% were black and 2.8% were Asian or Pacific Islander compared with 88.6% who were white, according to results of a 2006 study conducted by the National Patient Advocate Foundation. That same study showed that only 5.6% of participants were Hispanic or Latino compared with 94.6% who were non-Hispanic whites.”

When a Law Loses Its Teeth, Can the Reform Still Bite?
California Healthline
by Dan Diamond
October 26, 2011

This article in California Healthline is about the ACO rule. It references a Health Affairs article that quoted NPAF’s René Cabral-Daniels. This article states, “Writing in Health Affairs, René Cabral-Daniels of the National Patient Advocate Foundation charged that the 1983 DRG reforms were "myopic in their approach to restrain costs without considering patient consequences." She cites a 1990 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found DRGs led to patients being discharged "quicker and sicker" -- receiving less hospital care and heading home in less-stable conditions.”

NPAF Mentions

Tuckson takes director post
Modern Healthcare
By Andis Robeznieks
October 3, 2011

This write-up is an announcement in Modern Healthcare about NPAF board member Dr.Reed Tuckson’s appointment to the board of directors for Cell Therapeutics, a Seattle-based developer of oncology products. It mentions that Dr. Tuckson is on the board of NPAF.

Letter to the Editor: Don't cut Medicaid, Medicare
Travelers Rest Tribune
by Julie Houston, NPAF Policy Liaison
October 11, 2011

This Letter to the Editor from NPAF State Policy Liaison Julie Houston was published in Travelers Rest Tribune, South Carolina’s online newspaper. The letter expresses concern over cutting Medicare and Medicaid and states: “I do not want to see any more cuts to health care programs that people in my community rely on to survive. As a patient advocate, I see people struggling to pay for their health care regularly.”

More NPAF Letters to the Editor were placed in the following:

Letter: Let's not shift the war on cancer to the war on cancer care
The Hill - Congress Blog
By Nancy Davenport-Ennis
October 26, 2011

This letter from CEO and Founder Nancy Davenport-Ennis expresses concern over one proposal on the table – to cut $3 billion in reimbursement to doctors who care for Medicare beneficiaries – which is likely to shift the war on cancer to the war on cancer care.

PAF/NPAF Media Report
September 2011

Veto that Bill
Better Homes & Gardens
September 2011 Issue
No link available

This article is from the September 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. PAF is included in an article under the “Better Health News” section titled “Veto that bill.” It briefly mentions the GAO report, information about PAF and quotes Nancy Davenport-Ennis as well.

Health insurance coverage for ambulance services: Don’t get taken for a ride
by Tamara Holmes
September 1, 2011

This article explains what can happen to patients that need to reach a hospital by ambulance. It reports that “Your health insurance company may refuse to pay the ambulance tab, leaving you on the hook for perhaps thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.” Erin Moaratty is quoted in this article and PAF is listed as a resource: “Sometimes an insurer won’t pay for an ambulance ride or will make only a partial payment because the ambulance operator isn’t part of the insurer’s provider network, says Erin Moaratty, a spokeswoman for the Patient Advocate Foundation, which negotiates with insurers on behalf of patients.”

Dr. Bruce Avery: Making them smile during the most difficult times
Greater Knoxville Business Journal
by Laura Ayo
September 5, 2011

This article from The Myeloma Beacon covers maximizing your health insurance coverage. The author provides insurance-related tips, including reaching out to Patient Advocate Foundation.

Shedding Light on Invisible Chronic Illness
Invisible Illness
by Jaime Sanders
September 14, 2011

This post from Invisible Illness explains that this week is National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week. The post goes on to discuss the author’s personal connection to chronic illness and provides online resources for those with chronic illnesses, including PAF.

Companies extra cautious in hiring
The Gulf Today
September 20, 2011

This article from The Gulf Today, an English-language daily newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates, discusses the challenges of hiring during a recession. It then goes on to discuss struggles with health-care costs, and tells the reader to rely on their doctor as an ally, contact a reputable third party to help cut the size of your bills or hire a private health-care advocate. The article also states, “The Patient Advocate Foundation offers free help for patients with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness regardless of whether they have health insurance.”

FDA Needs to Take Action to Stop Drug Shortages, Stakeholders Say
by Bronwyn Mixter
September 27, 2011

This article from BNA is about the FDA workshop on September 26th. Nancy Davenport-Ennis is quoted in the beginning.

On Cancer Treatments and Staying Positive
CNN iReport (PAF patient used)
September 27, 2011

In recognition of October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, nonprofit company Cleaning for Cancer has interviewed Ellen Jacobs of Shelbyville, Ky., on her personal story about overcoming the side effects of breast cancer treatments. Patient stated that she turned to PAF for assistance.

What Comes Next in the Affordable Care Act Implementation?

September 27, 2011

This blog post covers the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and provides a link to PAF’s InsureUSToday website for an ACA timeline.

NYS Medicaid changes: Do you know if your prescription might not be available to you on October 1st?
Healthcare Finance News
September 28, 2011

This article from Healthcare Finance News covers information about New York residents on Medicaid and the changes for prescription drugs on the horizon. This is based off a press release PAF was included in a few days ago from Global Healthy Living Foundation. The article lists PAF as a resource for people on Medicaid who need assistance with this transition. The 1-800 number and website are provided in the article.

Get Help with Medical Bills
The Beehive
September 28, 2011

This “blurb” from The Beehive, an organization that provides educational tools and services to inform and empower people to improve their lives, is about assistance with medical bills. Their website lists PAF as a resource for help with insurance issues and medical bills.

Can’t Afford Health Insurance? Here’s What to Do
by Stacy Johnson
September 30, 2011

The first is from Money Talks News and gives advice on what to do when you can’t afford health insurance. The article covers information about Medicaid, pre-existing conditions, prescriptions and organizations to turn to for assistance, which is where PAF is listed as “a national nonprofit that offers advice, case management assistance, a program that helps those who already have insurance and certain diseases get lower co-pays, and a database of financial resources sorted by state.” A link to PAF’s website is also provided.

This was also posted here:

Money Talks: No Health Insurance, What to Do
BROADCAST: Valley Central News/KGBT Action 4 News
September 30, 2011

Hands off Medicaid and Medicare
By Mary Stabile, NPAF volunteer
September 30, 2011

A Letter to the Editor from NPAF volunteer Mary Stabile was placed in Star-Ledger. Mary states that cutting Medicaid and Medicare will make it harder for seniors and sick Americans to get the care they need. She also states, “I volunteer with the National Patient Advocate Foundation in support of its mission for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.”

Bargaining down your medical bills
Bend Bulletin
By Kristen Gerencher / MarketWatch
September 30, 2011

This article from Bend Bulletin was originally published in MarketWatch. It gives advice on ways to deal with medical bills – including speaking with your doctor. The article makes mention of PAF, stating, “The Patient Advocate Foundation offers free help for patients with chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness regardless of whether they have health insurance.”

PAF/NPAF Media Report
August 2011

Plan. Learn. Act.
A Woman’s Health
By Mia James
August 3, 2011

This blog from A Woman’s Health, an online women’s magazine, discusses preparation to navigate the legal and financial aspects of a diagnosis. The article covers ways to manage medical costs, where to seek help if you have trouble paying bills and patient rights. Erin Moaratty is quoted extensively throughout the article and PAF is listed as a resource, along with the website address.

How to keep your health insurance when you move to another state
By Steve Anderson / Arlene Karidis
August 4, 2011

This article from covers what happens to individual health insurance policies when patients move across state lines. The article features a couple assisted by PAF (real names were not used), quotes Erin Moaratty, and lists PAF as a resource along with a link to the website.

Money Matters
Cancer Connect
By Diana Price
August 4, 2011

This article from CancerConnect discusses managing the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis and provides a list and explanation of different resources, including PAF. Information from the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition is included along with extensive information about PAF and a quote from Nancy Davenport-Ennis.

PAF - new program enhancement for Co-Pay Relief Program
Richmond Disability Examiner
By Nancy Carey
August 11, 2011

This write-up from Richmond Disability Examiner announces the new program enhancements to PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program. Much of this was taken from the press release Schmidt Public Affairs distributed on August 1st.

Don’t give up if claim is denied
Bend Bulletin
Dallas Morning News article by Pamela Yip
August 11, 2011

This article is based on a Dallas Morning News article from July 2011. It covers denied health insurance claims and reasons health insurance companies deny claims. It also gives readers ideas and steps to appeal a denied claim along with an in-depth look at their rights. PAF is referenced and Erin Moaratty is quoted.

Many Prescription Drugs Are Getting Cheaper Soon
Money Talks News
By Brandon Ballenger
August 15, 2011

This article from Money Talks News reports that Medco Health says nearly two dozen brand names will get generic versions. Further, the article states: “Generics are significantly cheaper even though they contain the same active ingredients and go through an approval process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just like their expensive counterparts. There are two main reasons for the price difference: competition and advertising budgets.” At the end of the article, PAF is listed as a “Patient Assistance Program.”

Financial help for cancer related expenses
The Economics of Cancer
August 22, 2011

This blog covers information about financial assistance for cancer patients and their expenses. It lists organizations and resources that may offer financial assistance, including PAF.

The Greene Turtle "Funds for Friends" Event To Benefit Patient Advocate Foundation
August 31, 2011

This calendar item published on announces the upcoming “Funds for Friends” event at the Greene Turtle to benefit PAF.

PAF Media Report
July 2011

At the forefront of care with the National Humanitarian Healthcare Award
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada Blog
July 5, 2011

This blog makes mention of the Humanitarian Healthcare Award presented to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) from PAF at the 12th Annual Patient Congress Dinner Symposium.

What to do when your insurance claim is denied: Chicago experts weigh in
Chicago Parent
By Rita Colorito
July 6, 2011

This article in Chicago Parent covers some do's and don'ts when it comes to fighting for the care a child needs when he/she becomes ill or is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. The article discusses reasons claims get denied, a timeline for handling claims (don't wait!), the importance of putting everything in writing and asking for help. Erin Moaratty is quoted throughout and PAF's contact information is pulled out in a resource box.

Michelle Flowers: You are the face of health care
Gainesville Sun
by Michelle Flowers, NPAF State Policy Liaison
July 11, 2011

This opinion-editorial written by Michelle Flowers, an NPAF State Policy Liaison, states that NPAF advocated for eliminating insurers' pre-existing condition clause, eliminating both annual lifetime and co-pay insurance caps and discontinuing the use of the sustainable growth rate formula for calculating physician Medicare reimbursements. It goes on to say that
"individual show the very real effects of policies designed without knowing what the outcomes are for those people who have to live with those policies." Finally, it encourages readers to make a difference "by painting a portrait through words and giving a face to health care."

Steps in Appealing a Health Insurance Denial
New York Times - Bucks blog (making the most of your money)
by Ann Carns
July 11, 2011

PAF is referenced in this article from The New York Times covers seven steps to appealing a health insurance denial. The steps mentioned include:
  • Check the details of your insurer’s appeals process. In the coverage documents and summary of benefits, insurance companies are required to give all the tools needed to properly make an appeal. There are often deadlines to meet, so act quickly.

  • Have your paperwork in order. Keep records of everything: the bills from your provider, your explanation of benefits, copies of denial letters, medical records, letters from your provider of care, etc.

  • Call your human resources department if you receive coverage through your employer. The department may provide direction, advocate on your behalf and help to translate the fine print of the policy.

  • Enlist the help of your doctor. Check the medical policy and ask your doctor to review it to prepare something called a letter of medical necessity to support your case.

  • Take detailed notes when you speak to the insurance company. Write down the time and date, length of the call, the name and title of the person you speak with and all the details of the conversation. Make note of any follow-up activities and next steps by all parties.

  • Write down your argument. Make notes of exactly what happened, when and why. If you are seeking approval for treatment, note any supporting science, clinical evidence, expected benefits, etc. Be clear, firm and concise. Make it clear that you plan to pursue the appeal until it is resolved, the claim is paid or care is approved.

  • Follow up with your insurance company. Many appeals take weeks, even months, so call often to check the status and take notes of each call.

Health Resources: 12 Diseases Added to Compassionate Allowance Program
Savvy Patient's Toolkit Blog
July 16, 2011

This blog reports on information released by Social Security on July 14, 2011 regarding the 12 new diseases added to the Compassionate Allowance listings. It also mentions Erin Moaratty as the source of this information and lists PAF as a resource for information about compassionate allowances.

Don't give up if health insurance claim is denied
Dallas Morning News
By Pamela Yip
July 16, 2011

This article from Dallas Morning News covers denied health insurance claims and reasons health insurance companies deny claims. It also gives readers ideas and steps to appeal a denied claim along with an in-depth look at their rights. PAF is referenced and Erin Moaratty is quoted.

This article was also placed on the following dates in the following publications:

July 25th - Sacramento Bee -

July 25th - Modesto Bee -