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Patient Access Network Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation Announce New Alliance to Provide Support for People Living With Parkinson’s Disease

Washington, DC, (October 20, 2016) - The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation and the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, today announced they are launching a new alliance to offer a broad range of support for people living with Parkinson’s disease. Working together, the PAN Foundation and the NPF will ensure that people living with Parkinson’s disease have access to both financial and patient support services, providing them with the holistic support needed to best manage their disease.

“At PAN, we work to alleviate some of the financial burden that patients and families face with diseases like Parkinson’s,” said PAN President and CEO Dan Klein. “But we know that financial concerns are just part of the challenge faced by people with Parkinson’s. In working with the National Parkinson Foundation, we can connect patients to additional services, including a national helpline, educational materials, online forums with experts, a resource library and more.”

According to the American Academy of Neurology, Parkinson’s disease affects about 1 million Americans, with at least 60,000 new cases reported each year.

“We are excited to kick off this partnership with the PAN Foundation, and provide extended support for our patients and families,” said Paul Blom, Interim CEO of the National Parkinson Foundation. “Parkinson’s disease is a complex, long-term disease that can be stressful and overwhelming for patients and their families. By partnering with PAN, we can help to ease some of the financial pressure for those who need it most.”

Patients who qualify for the PAN Foundation’s Parkinson’s Disease program are eligible to receive up to $16,500 per year in financial assistance. Eligible patients must be getting treatment for Parkinson’s Disease; must reside and receive treatment in the United States; must have Medicare health insurance; and the medication for which they seek assistance must be covered by Medicare and must treat the disease directly. In addition, patients must fall at or below 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

Patients, or advocates and caregivers applying on their behalf, can apply for assistance using the PAN Foundation’s online patient portal (www.panapply.org), or by calling 1-866-316-7263, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. To learn more about PAN’s more than 50 disease-specific programs, visit panfoundation.org.

About the PAN Foundation:

The PAN Foundation is an independent, nationwide 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing help and hope to underinsured patients who are unable to afford the out-of-pocket expenses for their prescribed medications. Since 2004, PAN has provided nearly $2.4 billion in financial assistance to more than 605,000 patients who would otherwise be unable to afford their medications. To learn more, visit www.panfoundation.org.

About the National Parkinson Foundation, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation:

The Parkinson’s Foundation is working toward a world without Parkinson’s disease.  Formed by the merger of National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) in August 2016, the mission of the Parkinson’s Foundation is to invest in promising scientific research that will end Parkinson’s disease and improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their families, through improved treatments, support and the best care.  For more information, visit www.parkinson.org or  call (800) 4PD-INFO (473-4636)