HAMPTON, Va., July 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life-threatening or debilitating diseases, is pleased to announce improvements to its Co-Pay Relief (CPR) Program beginning on August 1, 2011 that will allow more patients to be served through a new operational model and will provide enhanced service to both providers and patients through new technology tools.
PAF's Co-Pay Relief Program provides direct financial support for pharmaceutical co-payments to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who financially and medically qualify and are being treated for breast, lung, prostate, kidney, colon, non squamous non small cell lung and non muscle invasive bladder cancers, malignant brain tumor, cutaneous t-cell lymphoma sarcoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndrome (and other pre-leukemia diseases), osteoporosis, pain, hepatitis C, rheumatoid arthritis, selected autoimmune disorders, CIA/CIN and patients undergoing hormone suppression therapy. Since the program's inception in April 2004, CPR distributed more than $120 million in assistance to more than 46,000 patients who were unable to afford their pharmaceutical co-payments.
CPR donations will now be released in total into each disease silo immediately upon receipt, rather than dividing contributions across a twelve month period. CPR will accept all qualified new and renewal applications on a first come, first serve basis with no limit imposed on the number of approvals issued monthly. CPR will also accept and process all expenditures on a first come, first serve basis until the available funds in the entire silo are exhausted. Eligible expenditures may be submitted by patients, providers and/or pharmacist