HealthWell Opens Fund to Offer Financial Assistance to Medicare Patients Living with Small Cell Lung Cancer

Copayment and Premium Assistance Now Available

GERMANTOWN, Md. — January 15, 2020 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to Medicare patients living with small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $8,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant period to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

About Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC)

SCLC, a type of neuroendocrine tumor, typically starts in the bronchi, the major airways in the center of the chest that lead to the lungs. SCLC is an aggressive cancer that grows and spreads rapidly, according to LUNGevity, a leading national lung cancer organization. SCLC represents approximately 15 percent of all lung cancers and about two-thirds of those diagnosed have extensive-stage disease, cancer that has metastasized or spread to other lymph nodes or organs, at the time of diagnosis. Treatment options vary depending on the stage of the disease and typically include one or more types of therapy, such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or palliative care.

“A lung cancer diagnosis can leave patients feeling overwhelmed and worried about next steps in managing their condition. Many patients, especially those on Medicare, are concerned about their treatment options and whether they will be able to afford the proper care,” said Katie Brown, OPN-CG, Vice President Support and Survivorship Programs at LUNGevity. “Eliminating as much stress as possible is critical to overall wellbeing and positive outcomes when navigating a lung cancer diagnosis. We applaud the HealthWell Foundation for recognizing the financial challenges people living with small cell lung cancer face and for assisting this patient community in accessing critical medical treatments without the stress of having to worry about covering the cost of their treatments.”

“A diagnosis of small cell lung cancer can be devastating for the patient and their family. Treatment options often consist of chemotherapy and radiation, high-cost therapies that can create financial hardship and additional stress, especially for those on Medicare,” stated HealthWell Foundation President, Krista Zodet. “We are honored that our dedicated donors understand the underlying challenges SCLC patients and their families face in accessing and affording treatment. We are excited to be able to assist Medicare patients living with SCLC with their out-of-pocket treatment costs and to be able to relieve some of the financial burden associated with those costs.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Small Cell Lung Cancer Fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 70 disease areas for more than 500,000 underinsured patients. Since its inception, HealthWell has provided over $1.6 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments patients otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked 33rd on the 2019 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100 percent fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

About LUNGevity Foundation
LUNGevity is the nation’s leading lung cancer organization investing in lifesaving, translational research and providing support services and education for patients and caregivers. LUNGevity’s goals are three-fold: (1) accelerate research to patients, (2) empower patients to be active participants in their treatment decisions, and (3) remove barriers that patients face in accessing the right treatments. LUNGevity Foundation is firmly committed to making an immediate impact on increasing quality of life and survivorship of people with lung cancer by accelerating research into early detection and more effective treatments, as well as by providing community, support, and education for all those affected by the disease.

Our vision is a world where no one dies of lung cancer. For more information about LUNGevity Foundation, a four-star Charity Navigator organization, please visit www.LUNGevity.org.

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HealthWell Foundation Recognized as One of “America’s Top 100 Charities”

HealthWell Receives Prestigious Rankings by Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy and NonProfit Times

GERMANTOWN, Md. — December 30, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, was recently ranked #33 by Forbes on its 2019 list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities. In addition, Forbes also recognized the HealthWell Foundation as one of only 10 charities nationwide to achieve a 100 percent fundraising efficiency rating.

The HealthWell Foundation was also recently recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as one of America’s Favorite Charities in 2019 ranking #38 out of 100 charities. In addition, NonProfit Times ranked the Foundation #42 on its Top 100 List of America’s Largest Nonprofits for 2019.

“Recognition from these highly regarded publications and organizations serves as a testimony to our continued commitment to ensure financial efficiency,” stated HealthWell Foundation President, Krista Zodet. “Strict compliance with regulatory requirements that govern charitable patient assistance programs is, and will always be, the cornerstone of our operations. I’m honored to share that 100% of donated dollars go directly to patient grants and services. We are proud that our transparency and efficiency continue to receive external recognition.”

In addition to these prestigious rankings, the HealthWell Foundation achieved significant milestones in 2019 including:

  • Launching or reopening 27 funds including funds to assist patients living with: Amyloidosis, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Mantle Cell Lymphoma, Migraine, Nontuberculous Mycobacterium, Chronic Heart Failure, Hypercholesterolemia, and Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS).
  • Opening our dedicated contact center, HWF Direct, which houses more than 75 team members who assist patients in accessing life-changing, sometimes lifesaving, medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford.
  • Welcoming six new members to our corporate team who share our passion to help underinsured American’s access critical medical treatments.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the continued trust and support of the Foundation’s dedicated corporate and individual donors who help us carry out our mission to reduce financial barriers to care for patients with chronic or life-altering diseases. Thank you for trusting the HealthWell Foundation to provide a financial lifeline to those who have nowhere else to turn.

We know that there are many choices when it comes to charitable giving and hope that you will consider the HealthWell Foundation worthy of a year-end donation. Your donation is put to work immediately to assist underinsured patients who would otherwise forgo life-changing medical treatments due to cost.

To learn how you can support the life-changing work we do, visit us at www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #33 on the 2019 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

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New HealthWell Foundation Fund Offers Financial Assistance to People Living with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS)

Fund Provides Copayment and Premium Assistance

GERMANTOWN, Md. — December 27, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to people living with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS). Under the new fund, HealthWell will provide up to $12,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

According to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), LEMS is a rare neuromuscular disorder that weakens and fatigues the body’s voluntary muscles, usually causing weakness in the upper legs and hips. As the legs are particularly affected, it may be difficult to climb stairs, run, walk or get out of a chair. Approximately 50 to 60 percent of LEMS cases are associated with an underlying disease, particularly small cell lung cancer. While the trigger for LEMS is unknown in people without cancer, it is estimated that about half of those with LEMS have or will develop cancer.

“For some patients, LEMS may be a marker for an underlying cancer that, if identified early and effectively treated, the autoimmune process may resolve without the need for chronic treatment. A LEMS diagnosis can lead to an earlier detection of cancer,” said Nancy Carteron, MD, FACR, Consultant Rheumatologist, Sjogren’s Expert and Faculty of University of California, San Francisco and HealthWell Foundation Board Member. “Paraneoplastic syndromes, autoimmunity linked to cancer, may be the first or most prominent manifestation of a cancer. As with muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases with movement symptoms, individuals living with LEMS are often faced with a multitude of physical challenges. Covering treatment costs may also present a financial hardship for these patients and their families. HealthWell Foundation’s new fund provides financial assistance for these patients so they can focus on managing their condition.”

“LEMS can have potentially debilitating effects. Symptoms of the disease can be managed with the proper treatment however, the cost may represent a financial burden to many,” said Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “Thanks to the continued support of our dedicated donors who recognize the unmet need of individuals living with LEMS, we are now able to offer a financial lifeline to help them access critical medical treatments they otherwise would forgo due to cost.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome (LEMS) Fund  page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #33 on the 2019 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

 

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HealthWell Foundation Launches Fund to Provide Financial Assistance to Medicare Patients with Hypercholesterolemia

Premium and Copayment Support Now Available

GERMANTOWN, Md. — December 20, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has launched a new fund to provide assistance to patients who are living with hypercholesterolemia. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $2,500 in copayment or premium assistance to eligible Medicare patients suffering from any form of hypercholesterolemia who have annual household incomes up to 500% of the federal poverty level.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hypercholesterolemia is a condition characterized by high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Hypercholesterolemia occurs when low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors are unable to remove cholesterol from the blood effectively. Individuals living with hypercholesterolemia have a high risk of developing coronary artery disease, which occurs when excess cholesterol in the bloodstream is deposited in the walls of blood vessels, particularly in the arteries that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries). Abnormal buildup of cholesterol forms plaque that narrows and hardens artery walls. Plaque can clog the arteries and restrict blood flow to the heart. Buildup of plaque greatly increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack. It is estimated that more than 34 million American adults have elevated blood cholesterol levels.

“Familial hypercholesterolemia is the most common genetic condition that leads to heart attacks and strokes if not treated,” said Katherine Wilemon, Founder and CEO of the FH Foundation. “For those living with hypercholesterolemia and for whom diet and exercise are not enough, medication to manage their cholesterol is critical. We appreciate that HealthWell recognizes the challenge that this can present for individuals on Medicare and is now able to provide a much needed financial lifeline to individuals with FH and other types of hypercholesterolemia through this valuable new fund.”

“Hypercholesterolemia can be a life-threatening condition if left untreated. For those on Medicare, it may be particularly difficult to access necessary treatment, due to cost,” says Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “Through the generosity of our donors, we can now offer copayment and premium assistance to eligible patients suffering from any form of hypercholesterolemia to help them start or continue critical treatment without worrying about the cost.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Hypercholesterolemia Fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #33 on the 2019 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

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HealthWell Foundation Now Offers a Financial Lifeline to Medicare Patients Living with Chronic Heart Failure

Copayment and Premium Assistance Now Available

GERMANTOWN, Md. — December 20, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to Medicare patients living with chronic heart failure. HealthWell will provide up to $2,500 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

Chronic heart failure is a progressive condition that causes the muscle in the heart wall to slowly weaken and lose its ability to pump blood. The heart is unable to pump enough blood through the heart to meet the body’s needs for blood and oxygen. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), chronic heart failure is a serious condition, and usually there is no cure. Many people with chronic heart failure lead full and enjoyable lives when managing their condition through medications and healthy lifestyle changes.

“WomenHeart recognizes that for too many women living with heart failure, the costs of ongoing treatment and care can seem insurmountable,” said Celina Gorre, CEO of WomenHeart. “Women living with heart failure can thrive with proper care and treatment, however they are more likely than men to have higher total out-of-pocket costs, which may impact readmissions and overall quality of care. WomenHeart commends the HealthWell Foundation for starting a fund for heart failure patients to help off-set the financial burden of their treatment costs.”

“Patients living with chronic heart failure face day-to-day challenges in managing their condition. These challenges can be even more pronounced when patients are on Medicare and struggle to cover the cost of their medications,” said Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “Our donors understand the hardships many people living with chronic heart failure endure. As a result of their generosity, we are now able to ease some of the financial barriers these patients face in accessing critical, possibly lifesaving, medications.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Chronic Heart Failure page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #33 on the 2019 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

About WomenHeart
WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the first and only national organization solely dedicated to advancing women’s heart health through advocacy, community education, and patient support. WomenHeart’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease, and to advocate for their benefit. As the leading voice for the 48 million American women living with or at risk of heart disease, WomenHeart advocates for equal access to quality care and provides information and resources to help women take charge of their heart health. To learn more about WomenHeart, visit www.womenheart.org.

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New Fund to Assist Patients Living with Mantle Cell Lymphoma Opens at the HealthWell Foundation

Fund Offers Copayment and Premium Assistance to Patients on Medicare

GERMANTOWN, Md. — August 21, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to Medicare patients living with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (MCL). HealthWell will provide up to $8,500 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

MCL represents approximately 5 percent of all lymphomas. According to the American Cancer Society, MCL can be difficult to treat and tends to grow faster than indolent lymphomas and doesn’t usually respond to treatment as well as aggressive lymphomas. When a patient is diagnosed, it has usually become widespread in the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and often the spleen. MCL is more common in men than in women and most often appears in people over the age of 60.

“Through this fund, HealthWell will be able to help improve access to care for many patients with Mantle Cell Lymphoma,” commented oncologist Jeffrey Peppercorn, MD, MPH, Scientific and Ethics Advisor for the HealthWell Foundation. Dr. Peppercorn continued, “Patients with Mantle Cell Lymphoma often face a difficult prognosis. Worrying about access to therapy and financial burdens can make the distress of diagnosis and treatment worse for patients and their families. Providing financial assistance can relieve distress and give patients the best chance for a good outcome.”

“Many patients living with Mantle Cell Lymphoma face multiple challenges in treating their condition. For patients on Medicare, these challenges may be even more daunting causing patients to have to choose between accessing critical medical treatment or paying for daily necessities, such as food,” said Don Liss, MD, HealthWell Foundation Board Member. “We appreciate that our donors understand the needs of these individuals and the financial hardship treating MCL may present. We are honored to be able to provide a financial resource for these patients so they can concentrate on treating their condition, not on the cost.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Mantle Cell Lymphoma fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #41 on the 2018 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

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HealthWell Foundation Celebrates the Opening of HWF Direct, LLC with Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Federal, State and Local Officials and Other Dignitaries Participate in Event

GERMANTOWN, Md. — June 12, 2019 — Yesterday, the HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, celebrated the opening of their dedicated contact center, HWF Direct, LLC, with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. HWF Direct, located in Frederick, Maryland, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the HealthWell Foundation.

“Despite the progress that has been made in expanding access to health coverage, many families still struggle to afford the care that they need. Non-profits like the HealthWell Foundation are crucial to closing the gap to care for thousands of Americans, including many in Maryland. Working together, we will keep fighting to ensure affordable, accessible health care for all,” said U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.

The HWF Direct contact center houses more than 75 team members who assist patients in accessing life-changing, sometimes lifesaving, medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford.

“The Maryland Department of Commerce is pleased that the HealthWell Foundation has chosen Maryland as the location for HWF Direct, LLC,” said Maryland Commerce Secretary Kelly M. Schulz in a written statement. “In addition to bringing 75 new jobs to Frederick County, HWF Direct provides a financial safety net for those facing critical health care decisions when their insurance is not enough. Together, HWF Direct and the HealthWell Foundation help thousands of people access financial resources to help them start or continue critical medical treatments.”

In 2018, the Foundation distributed financial support through more than 50 disease-specific funds, including over 20 funds in oncology. Last year, more than $512 million was awarded to over 117,500 underinsured Americans who have high out-of-pocket costs for important medical treatments.

“I am proud HealthWell has chosen Frederick to be home,” stated Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner. “HealthWell is a financial lifeline for many Marylanders and Americans facing tremendous health challenges and I’m thankful for the work HealthWell is doing to support patients and connect them with needed funds to support recovery. The new contact center brings great jobs to Frederick County and fits well into our caring community. I look forward to all the good work that will continue to happen at HWF Direct.”

At its busiest, the contact center representatives receive over 26,000 phone calls a month, many from people who are being forced to weigh the cost of their medical treatments and care against paying their bills and taking care of their families.

“Since 2003, HealthWell has provided support to underinsured Marylanders and Americans as they face costly health challenges,” said Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp. “We welcome HWF Direct to Frederick in furtherance of this goal and wish for many more years of success for HealthWell.”

The HealthWell Foundation, ranked number 41 on the 2018 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and number 50 on the 2018 Chronicle of Philanthropy list of America’s favorite charities, will leverage the new call center to expand the Foundation’s reach and assist more patients across the country.

HWF Direct officially opened its doors in late December 2018 in Frederick, just a few miles from its parent company in Germantown, and the call center had previously been operated by a third party in Chantilly, Virginia.

“The HealthWell Foundation is honored to celebrate the launch of HWF Direct, LLC with our distinguished guests,” commented Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “The opening of our dedicated contact center represents a significant milestone for the Foundation and further strengthens our ability to assist the thousands of underinsured Americans who reach out to us each month for assistance in accessing critical, sometimes lifesaving, medical treatments. We will continue to be true to our mission to ensure that no one goes without critical medical treatment simply because they cannot afford it.”

About the HealthWell FoundationA nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #41 on the 2018 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

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HealthWell Foundation Opens New Amyloidosis Fund to Assist Patients with Treatment Costs

Premium and Copayment Assistance Now Available

GERMANTOWN, Md. — April 23, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has launched a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to patients living with amyloidosis. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $8,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.

Amyloidosis represents several different disease types where an abnormal protein called amyloid is produced. Amyloid protein fibers can attach and deposit into organs, tissues, nerves and other places in the body, affecting normal function of the area. As the protein increases, health problems and organ damage may occur, according to the Amyloidosis Foundation. Amyloidosis sometimes develops when a person has certain forms of cancer, such as multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease or familial Mediterranean fever (an intestinal disorder). Systemic amyloidosis is slowly progressive and fatal if untreated.

“Financial assistance for amyloidosis patients has been long in coming,” commented Mary O’Donnell, President, Amyloidosis Foundation. “It is comforting to know that those living with amyloidosis now have a resource to turn to. Patients will welcome this newly available assistance to help ease the financial constrictions of their medication and allow them to focus on their recovery, not the cost.”

“People living with amyloidosis can suffer from a variety of painful, sometimes debilitating symptoms. While multiple options may be available to manage these, many living with amyloidosis may not have the financial resources to start or continue their treatment,” said Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “Thanks to the continued generosity of our donors, we are now able to relieve some of the financial burden associated with treating their condition through copayment and premium assistance.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Amyloidosis Fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #41 on the 2018 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the Amyloidosis Foundation
The Amyloidosis Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support research for all types of systemic amyloidosis, support patients and their families with accurate information, help them find knowledgeable physicians, in addition to raising awareness of the disease amongst the medical community.

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New HealthWell Foundation Fund Assists Medicare Patients Living with Nontuberculous Mycobacterium

Copayment and Premium Assistance Now Available

GERMANTOWN, Md. — January 29, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to Medicare patients living with nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM). Through the new fund, HealthWell will provide up to $2,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

Don Liss MD, HealthWell Foundation Board member, commented on the fund opening, “Older patients who develop NTM are often already debilitated from other health issues. Individuals of modest means may simply be unable to afford the out-of-pocket costs of the medicines necessary to treat their infection.” Dr. Liss continued, “It is gratifying to be able to help Medicare patients with NTM access the medical treatments required to treat this serious infection.”

NTM are naturally-occurring organisms (germs) found in water and soil. While most species of NTM do not cause human disease, except in people with weak lungs or immune systems, people who are susceptible develop lung infections after inhalation of the organisms from misty water or from the soil, according to the Chest Foundation. These lung infections become slowly progressive, destroying lung tissue and leading to other, more serious lung conditions. Between 12,000 – 18,000 new cases of NTM lung infections are diagnosed each year in the United States.

Scott Manaker, MD, PhD, a professor of pulmonary medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, who is not affiliated with HealthWell, said, “Treatment of NTM requires a long course of therapy, including multiple antibiotics to try and control these infections. Nonprofit organizations can play a vital role in helping to ensure patients have access to the critical medications they need, when they need it.”

“Treatment of NTM, especially in elderly patients and patients with severe infections, can require months of therapy. Often, treatment of the infection can cause financial hardship to these patients, especially to those on Medicare,” said Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “We applaud our donors for recognizing the difficulties NTM patients on Medicare face in accessing the required medications to treat their condition and are honored to offer financial resources to ease some of their burden.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Nontuberculous Mycobacterium Fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net across over 65 disease areas for more than 405,000 underinsured patients by providing approximately $1.25 billion in grant support to access life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. HealthWell ranked #41 on the 2018 Forbes list of the 100 Largest U.S. Charities and was recognized for its 100% fundraising efficiency. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

 

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HealthWell’s New Fund Offers Medicare Patients Living with Hepatocellular Carcinoma a Financial Lifeline

Fund Provides Assistance with Copays or Premiums

GERMANTOWN, Md. — January 22, 2019 — The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide assistance to Medicare patients who are living with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Under the new fund, HealthWell will provide up to $8,000 in copayment or premium assistance to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 400% of the federal poverty level.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common form of liver cancer in adults. HCC can have different growth patterns, some beginning as a single tumor before spreading to other parts of the liver, while some start as many small cancer nodules throughout the liver – not just in a single tumor. The ACS estimates that each year more than 700,000 people worldwide are diagnosed with liver cancer, accounting for more than 600,000 deaths.

Suzanna Masartis, Executive Director for Community Liver Alliance, commented on the fund, “With new treatment options becoming available, heightened awareness, and breaking the stigma associated with liver disease, it’s an exciting time for the liver community.” Ms. Masartis continued, “Medicare patients living with HCC are particularly hard hit by the financial burden of disease treatment and, often times, forgo treatment all together. The CLA applauds the HealthWell Foundation for the launch of the new HCC fund, which clearly addresses an unmet need for these patients.”

“As we continue to strengthen our oncology programs, the addition of the hepatocellular carcinoma fund addresses an acute and critical need for Medicare patients and the liver cancer community as a whole,” stated Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. “Providing financial assistance to these patients so they can start or continue life-changing medical treatments will have a significant impact in managing their care. We are honored that our dedicated donors recognize and support our efforts to ensure that HCC patients are able to access their treatments.”

To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell’s Hepatocellular Carcinoma page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the HealthWell Foundation
A nationally recognized, independent non-profit organization founded in 2003, the HealthWell Foundation has served as a safety net for more than 405,000 underinsured patients in more than 65 disease areas by providing access to life-changing medical treatments they otherwise would not be able to afford. HealthWell provides financial assistance to adults and children facing medical hardship resulting from gaps in their insurance that cause out-of-pocket medical expenses to escalate rapidly. HealthWell assists with the treatment-related cost-sharing obligations of these patients. For more information, visit www.HealthWellFoundation.org.

About the Community Liver Alliance
The Community Liver Alliance (CLA), headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to promoting liver health and liver disease awareness, prevention, education and research. Supported by a network of patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and community leaders, the organization conducts screenings, develops and runs educational workshops, coordinates support groups, facilitates linkage to necessary medical care, provides education for policy makers on issues related to liver health and works with community leaders and groups to raise awareness about liver disease. To learn more, visit: http://www.communityliveralliance.org/about-us

 

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