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National Patient Advocate Foundation

National Patient Advocate Foundation

What’s the difference between NPAF and PAF?

Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation share an important history of inception and many shared patient-focused goals, however, are separate operating organizations.

Patient Advocate Foundation provides professional case management services at no cost to individuals from any area of the United States, that are confronting healthcare access issues, medical debt crisis, and job retention problems caused by a chronic, life-threatening, or debilitating diagnosis. PAF's national headquarters is based in Newport News, VA with offices in California, Iowa, Florida, and New York.

National Patient Advocate Foundation advocates at federal and state levels for health policy reforms that will help prevent the problems experienced by individuals who turn to Patient Advocate Foundation for help. NPAF is based in Washington, DC, and includes a network of volunteers throughout the U.S.

Brief History

Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder of Patient Advocate Foundation personally became involved in legislative reform on behalf of cancer patients while a dear friend of hers, Cheryl Grimmel, was battling breast cancer and her insurance company. As Cheryl valiantly fought her fight, the Virginia Task Force for Insurance Reform fought to reform insurance coverage for cancer patients. Victory for the task force came with the passage of Virginia House Bill 240 sponsored by Delegate Mary Christian in 1994.

Cheryl lost her battle with breast cancer in December 1994, and on the night of her funeral, as the rest of the world was ringing in the New Year, Nancy and Jack Ennis wrote business plans for National Patient Advocate Foundation and Patient Advocate Foundation. Cheryl's inspiration lives on in each initiative in which NPAF is involved as it seeks to provide avenues of access to insurance funding for evolving cancer therapies, therapeutic agents and devices deemed medically efficacious by the medical and scientific communities through legislative reform.

Born of two, NPAF and PAF continue to serve as independent organizations working to help patients. At the helm are an Executive Board, Scientific Board, and Honorary Board, and supporting it all are our Partners in Progress.

Mission of NPAF


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.

NPAF is based in Washington, DC, facilitating meetings with Members of Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, and participation in many coalitions and patient advocacy initiatives. NPAF's State Government Affairs coordinates with Volunteer State Policy Liaisons throughout the US on state-level advocacy initiatives and with thousands of grassroots advocates in the "Advocates Network".

To learn more about National Patient Advocate Foundation, visit www.npaf.org or call (202) 347-8009