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Media Summary 2010

December 2010

Hit a Health Care Home Run
Healthy – Weareokok.com
December 27, 2010

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This article provides information for the reader to consider if the struggling economy or lack of insurance is keeping you away from your doctor and debt settlement goals. Information points included here are:
  • Communicate with your Physician

  • Know Your Benefits

  • Where to Turn if You Don't Have Insurance

  • Save on Co-Pays or Additional Visits

  • Practice Good Health Habits


PAF is listed under "Where to Turn if You Don't Have Insurance" along with a link to the website and the 1-800 phone number.


Co-Payment Assistance
Free Senior Citizens Solutions
December 25, 2010

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This blog post from Free Senior Citizens Solutions is all about PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program. The post provides extensive information about CPR and provides links for assistance.


Resourceful Wednesday: When you need an advocate
Myeloma BlogPlanet
December 22, 2010

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The author of this post states that they were referred to PAF when they were going "round and round" with their insurance company and the billing department at a hospital. The post provides information about PAF and a link to the PAF website.


Making Smart Health Decisions & Protecting Your Rights
American Pain Foundation
December 20, 2010

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This article from American Pain Foundation discusses making healthy decisions and protecting your rights as a patient. The article lists steps to help: finding support, protecting your job and coverage, getting a second opinion or asking for a referral, working with your provider, and being assertive. Under “finding support” the article lists PAF as a resource along with the website and toll-free phone number.


How to cope when you have no health insurance
Quality Health: Your Personal Health Companion
By Laurie Saloman
December 15, 2010

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This article from QualityHealth discusses how to move forward without health insurance, with tips on applying for Medicaid, applying for Medicare, negotiating with your provider and looking into free drug programs. The article lists PAF as a resource and quotes Erin Moaratty throughout.


The Patient Advocate Foundation Offers Free Help To Patients In Need! Consider Putting Them On Your Christmas List!
HubPages
December 13, 2010

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This article from HubPages explains the work PAF does for patients and encourages readers to "put PAF on their Christmas list." The article states that PAF has assisted over 55,000 patients this year and provides links to the website.


Pittsburgher named to presidential advisory committee
The Jewish Chronicle
December 2, 2010

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This article from The Jewish Chronicle is about NPAF Executive Board Member Pearl Moore’s nomination to serve on the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee. This article is the result of a press release we sent around back in June.


November
$93,000 cancer drug: How much is a life worth?
Science Latest News blog
November 3, 2010

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This article is actually a September 27th Associated Press article posted to the Science Latest News blog. This Associated Press published a list of organizations for people to get help when paying for cancer drugs, which included a link to PAF and a link to PAF's Co-Pay Relief Fund.


Mom's Personal Finance Course
All Things Financial Planning blog
By Michael Snowdon, CFP
November 3, 2010

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This blog post is written by Michael Snowdown, President of WealthRidge in Greenwood Village, CO. Michael tells the reader that his mother is taking a crash course in personal finance. His father passed away earlier this year after a cancer battle and now his mother is dealing with Medicare-related and other medical financial issues. Michael goes on to provide a list of resources that may be helpful to those in this type of situation. That list includes PAF, a link to the website and the 1-800 phone number.


More pediatric resources
Confessions of a Young (Looking) Social Worker
November 5, 2010

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This blog post lists numerous resources for this seeking help with medical expenses. Patient Advocate Foundation and Co-Pay Relief Fund are two of those resources listed.


How to pick the right hospital for your elderly parent
ElderCare ABC Blog
By Tim Krahel
November 7, 2010

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This blog post from ElderCare ABC Blog deals with the right ways to handle a hospital for elderly parents, including picking the right hospital, the right doctor, the right accommodation, the right price and the right outcome. PAF is listed as a resource for assistance with bills under “Pick the right price.”


When should you get a second opinion?
Omaha World-Herald
By Rick Ruggles
November 15, 2010

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This article from Omaha World-Herald says that patients shouldn't hesitate to get second opinions. The article mentions PAF and quotes "one of its brochures." Here is the direct mention for PAF: The Virginia-based Patient Advocate Foundation recommends that a patient get a copy of his medical records and test results before visiting a second physician. The first physician, the foundation says, shouldn't resist. "A good doctor understands your right to be well informed and should support a second opinion," the foundation says in one of its brochures.


The duties of a patient advocate
eHow
By Suzanna Jacobson
November 17, 2010

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This article from eHow discusses and explains the “duties of a patient advocate,” from preparing for appointments, to working with insurance companies and research. The post lists PAF as a resource and provides a link to the website.


Patient-Friendly Lessons from Medical Bill Advocates
HFMA: Healthcare Financial Management Association
November 16, 2010

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This article is from the November Healthcare Financial Management Association’s newsletter, and covers how to work effectively with medical bill advocates. An entire section of the article is dedicated to PAF and Erin Moaratty is quoted throughout.


For Help With Medical Bills, Cut a Deal with the Doctor
U.S. News & World Report
By Meryl Davids Landau
November 29, 2010

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This article from U.S. News & World Report covers different ways patients can negotiate medical bills with their doctor. The article quotes Erin Moaratty and mentions PAF in the first paragraph.


COBRA and Health Care Reform
Health Care Legislation blog
November 29, 2010

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This post from Health Care Legislation blog and covers information about COBRA and health care reform. It provides eight tips for keeping the cost of health care down when you are out of work. These include:
  • Seek Out Local Help
  • Don't Let Your Coverage Lapse
  • Convert to an Individual Plan
  • Apply for Gap or Short-Term Medical Plan
  • If You're Young…Turn to Mom and Dad
  • Check out HIPPA Plans
  • Look Into High-Risk Pools
  • All in the Family, Under Separate Plans


Erin Moaratty is quoted on high-risk pools that went into effect on July 1st.


Cancer: Meeting of the uninvited guests
Healthbuzz blog
November 25, 2010

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This post from HealthBuzz Blog lists a Q&A about cancer, including an answer about financial situations, in which PAF is listed as a resource, along with the 1-800 number.



October

Patient Advocacy: How to be an Empowered, Engaged, Equipped and Enabled Patient
Co-Creating Health: A Consumer Voice
October 27, 2010

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The first is from a blog, Alliance for Health, and lists out advocacy resources for cancer patients. This list includes NPAF/PAF and is taken from Trisha Torrey's book "You Bet Your Life: The 10 Mistakes Every Patient Makes." Nancy Davenport-Ennis was interviewed for the book months ago and it was published in early October.


The Dollar & Sense of Cancer Care
American Cancer Society in Colorado blog
October 26, 2010

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This blog post from American Cancer Society in Colorado, promotes the "Dollar and Sense of Cancer Care" event on November 4th, where PAF will have a representative to answer questions of cancer patients and where Dr. Robert Rifkin, board member, will be speaking.


Insurance turned its back when she needed it most
Sky-Hi Daily News
By Tonya Bina
October 22, 2010

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The article from Sky-Hi Daily News tells the story of a woman's insurance journey through a breast cancer diagnosis. In a side box, there is a list from ACS of ways to avoid denied claims. This list includes a link to the PAF website and encourages readers to search for "Your Guide to the Appeals Process."



Breast cancer patients struggle with cost of treatment
The Chicago Tribune
By Deborah Shelton
October 14, 2010

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This article from The Chicago Tribune reports that paying for treatment is among the top concerns many Americans have about a cancer diagnosis. The article provides statistics from a survey conducted last year for Community Oncology Alliance, a nonprofit organization of cancer treatment providers. Most people say they cannot afford the cost of cancer care not covered by insurance plans. And while patients and their advocates expect federal health care reform will ease the financial burdens, some cancer experts say the changes won't fully solve the problem. At the end of this article is a list of patient resources, which includes PAF's Co-Pay Relief Program.



Money Matters (chapter)
Previvors
Book by Dina Rothport
October 2010

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About the book:
Advances in genetic testing and risk assessment have changed the face of medicine, but with them has come a Pandora's box of dilemmas. Imagine discovering you had a significant risk for developing breast cancer. What would you do?

Through the incredible true stories of five young friends, as well as interviews with more than seventy top breast cancer experts, health writer Dina Roth Port addresses the universal questions of women everywhere who have watched family members suffer from the disease and wondered, "Am I next?"

Full of practical information, Previvors is the first comprehensive book to guide women through the difficult process of determining their risk, weighing the options and coping with the emotions of deciding to undergo surgery.

From navigating health insurance coverage to finding the right medical team, Previvors is an invaluable resource for women facing decisions about their risk and future health.


Colorectal Cancer – New Financial Aid Fund Launched To Help Patients
Star Global Tribune
October 4, 2010

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This article is about the launch of PAF's new Colorectal Financial Aid Fund.


Dempsey Challenge brings Amgen to town
Sun Journal
by Stuart Arbuckle
October 3, 2010

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This article from The Sun Journal is a guest column about Amgen and the Dempsey Challenge. PAF is listed in the column as an Amgen/Breakaway from Cancer partner.



September 2010
Individual Grants for Health Care
eHow.com
by Carla Jean McKinney
September 13, 2010

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This article from eHow covers grant funding for health care. The post lists PAF as a resource that "provides support for health care-related expenses not covered or insufficiently covered by existing health insurance."


Advocates for the ailing
MaineBiz
By Jackie Farwell
September 20, 2010

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This article from MaineBiz is about a Gray, Maine firm called "Patient Advocates" that helps about 30 private businesses navigate the healthcare system out of Maine. The article lists PAF as a resource and states "the Patient Advocate Foundation, a Virginia nonprofit recognized as a leader in the field, reports a nearly 19% increase in patient call volume so far in 2010 over the same period last year. The foundation received more than four million contacts from patients, family members and health care professionals in 2009, seeking its free assistance on questions ranging from medical debt crises to insurance benefits to how to enroll in government programs."


What is a Patient Care Advocate
eHow.com
by Barbara Bryant
September 23, 2010

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This article from eHow discusses what patient advocates do and lists PAF as a resource. The article covers information about advocates with medical backgrounds, those who help with long-term care, advocates with emotional/psychological training, financial advocates and those who assist patients with logistical needs, such as transportation.


Where to get help paying for costly cancer drugs
Associated Press
September 27, 2010

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Associated Press published a list of organizations for people to get help when paying for cancer drugs and PAF was listed as a resource.
Versions of this article were also published in:




August 2010
How to Find Financial Aid And Advice For Cancer
AidPage.com (blog)
By User "JustAnOldMan"
August 30, 2010

http://how-to-find-financial-aid-and-advice-for-cancer.justanoldman.aidpage.com/

User "JustAnOldMan" blogs about the financial difficulties surrounding a cancer diagnosis and lists government, nonprofit and private resources that are available for assistance, including PAF and PAF's Co-Pay Relief Program.


Where Cancer Survivors Can Get Help
AARP Bulletin
By Sid Kirchheimer
August 27, 2010

http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-08-2010/where_cancer_survivors_can_get_help.html

This post from AARP: Bulletin is a follow-up to the above article by Sid Kirchheimer. It lists organizations, including PAF, that provide financial help for survivors who can't afford care.


The Cancer Survivor's New Battle
AARP Bulletin
By Sid Kirchheimer
August 27, 2010

http://www.aarp.org/health/medicare-insurance/info-08-2010/the_cancer_survivors_new_battle.html

This article reports that after beating cancer, millions of survivors skip follow-up care due to costs. And many of those are insured. Kirchheimer states that, "at least 2 million Americans—roughly one in six cancer survivors—decide to forgo at least some of their recommended follow-up medical care because of the cost, according to recent research." Erin Moaratty, Chief of External Communications, is quoted in the article and states, "To keep rising premiums affordable, more employers are shifting costs to employees, resulting in a loss of benefits." Erin goes on to give statistics on PAF callers and specific requests.


Do One Thing: Appeal a health insurance claim denial
Bundle.com

http://www.bundle.com/article/How-to-appeal-a-health-insurance-claim-denial-12526

This post gives the reader a complete run-down on how to appeal an insurance claim from start to finish, including (1) What you’ll need, (2) What to do, and (3) What to do. Erin Moaratty, Chief of External Communications at PAF, assisted with this post, which lists PAF as a resource, along with PAF's "Your Guide to the Appeals Process."


Medicare Coverage Gap; "Medicare Donut Hole"
SocialWorks, Inc. blog
By Mark Hendel
August 26, 2010

http://socialworksinc.com/blog/?p=87

This blog from SocialWorks, Inc., an eldercare placement service, covers information about Medicare and lists PAF as a resource for those patients seeking assistance.


Health Law Requires Continued Coverage For Patients in Clinical Trials
Kaiser Health News
By Michelle Andrews
August 24, 2010

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Features/Insuring-Your-Health/health-law-clinical-trials-coverage.aspx

This article tells the story of PAF patient Richard Crusoe, a retired firefighter who was diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer called liposarcoma. Rick and his family hoped a drug being tested in a clinical trial would slow the cancer’s advance. However, they learned that if Rick participated in the trial, his health plan wouldn't cover doctor visits, hospital stays, tests and treatment related to his cancer. So Rick’s family contacted PAF to fight for them, and the city of Pembroke Pines, FL relented and granted $250,000 in coverage. But by that time, it was too late. Rick was too weak to participate in the clinical trial and died weeks later.

The article goes on to explain that the new federal health law will prevent such disputes, beginning in 2014. The law requires health plans to pay the routine care costs of patients who participate in clinical trials for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and other life-threatening conditions. PAF is mentioned throughout the article and CEO Nancy Davenport-Ennis is quoted.

This article was also posted on the following:
• The Washington Post (August 24) - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2010/08/23/AR2010082303620.html
• NPR (August 24) – www.kqed.org/news/story.jsp?id=32011
• HealthKey.com (August 30) - healthkey.com/a-z/health-reform/sns-health-insuring-clinical-trials,0,4290289.story
• Los Angeles Times (August 30) - latimes.com/health/healthcare/la-he-insuring-clinical-trials-20100830,0,4807159.story



O Magazine
Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Co-founder and CEO of PAF, was interviewed for "Someone on Your Side, A new prescription for navigating the medical maze." written by Leslie Goldman and published in the August 2010 edition of O Magazine.

This article is a "new prescription for navigating the medical maze." Leslie Goldman includes information about finding your own personal advocate and provides the following steps:
(1) Determine if you need help
(2) Know whom you’re hiring
(3) Ask the right questions
(4) Weigh the costs
The article lists PAF as a resource and quotes CEO Nancy Davenport-Ennis.

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UCLA Student Grants for Cancer Treatment
eHow.com
By Victoria McGrath
August 18, 2010

http://www.ehow.co.uk/list_6871988_ucla-student-grants-cancer-treatment.html

This blog post comes from eHow and discusses student grants for cancer treatments. The post lists PAF as a resource for cancer patients.


Cleaning with purpose
The News Journal (Delaware Online)
By Mikala Jamison
August 13, 2010

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2010308130008

This article about Shirley LaChance, a house cleaner, who is a member of Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit that partners with housecleaning services nationwide to offer free housecleaning to women undergoing any type of cancer.

LaChance found Cleaning for a Reason through PAF's website through a link on the American Cancer Society’s site.


Patient Advocate Foundation opens facility in Hampton
WTKR/News Channel 3 (Newport News/VA Beach)
By Barbara Ciara
August 12, 2010

http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-patient-advocate-opens-hp,0,1002855.story

This broadcast and online story highlighted the grand opening of PAF’s new facility in Hampton, VA. Nancy Davenport-Ennis and professional case manager Tanya Walker were featured in this 3-minute clip.


Cancer Patient Assistance Programs
eHow
By Daniel Thomas
August 4, 2010

http://www.ehow.com/list_6809640_cancer-patient-assistance-programs.html

This post from eHow discusses cancer patient assistance programs. It lists PAF as a resource that "helps cancer patients become cancer survivors." Other organizations listed include The National Cancer Institute, Cancer Survivors OnLine and Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition.


Co-pay relief for prostate cancer patients
The Daily Press
August 4, 2010

http://weblogs.dailypress.com/health/peninsula-health notes/2010/08/copay_relief_for_prostate_canc.html

This post is from The Health Notes section of The Daily Press and is based on the press release written about additional funding for prostate cancer patients through CPR.


Paying for Treatment with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mesothelioma and Health – All you need for mesothelioma and health
August 2, 2010

http://www.saglik24.net/index.php/2010/08/paying-for-treatment-with-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

This blog titled "Mesothelioma and Health" lists PAF as a resource for help when payments become a problem and states that PAF "specializes in helping with insurance access issues, medical debt and job retention."




July 2010
Insurance claim denied? You can do something about it
Cleveland Plain Dealer
By Diane Suchetka
July 28, 2010

http://www.cleveland.com/consumer-health/index.ssf/2010/07/insurance_claim_denied_you_can_do_something_about_it.html

This article from Cleveland Plain Dealer discusses the denial of health insurance claims and lists PAF as a resource for patients that have had an insurance claim denied. Specifically it states, “You can find a lot more advice on how to handle insurance claims and health-care costs at the website for the nonprofit Patient Advocate Foundation. There you'll find a guide to managed care, details on how to file an appeal – including sample letters – advice on how to talk to your doctor about costs and more.”



Hit a Health Care Home Run
Academy Insurance blog
July 27, 2010

http://www.academyinsurance.info/academy-insurance/hit-a-health-care-home-run.html

Academy Insurance blog and discusses options for those patients struggling with debt, which include:
  • Communicate with your physician
  • Know your benefits
  • If you don't have insurance
  • Save on co-pays or additional visits
  • Practice good health habits
This post lists PAF as a resource "if you don't have insurance."



Intelligent Decision Announces Completion of Data Center Relocation for Patient Advocate Foundation
Energy Saving Weekly Tips
By Anshu Shrivastaa, TMCnet Contributor
July 24, 2010

http://www.energysavingweekly.com/intelligent-decision-announces-completion-of-data-center-relocation-for-patient-advocate-foundation/

EnergySavingWeekly.com reports that Gifted Decisions successfully completed an end-to-end data center relocation project for PAF in the move to Hampton.



Why You May Need a Health Advocate
AARP Bulletin
By Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., AHRQ
July 23, 2010

http://www.aarp.org/health/doctors-hospitals/info-072010/my_medical_manager_using_a_health_advocate.html

This article from AARP: Bulletin covers information about health advocates and lists PAF as a resource in a pull-out box.



Grants for Cancer
eHow
By Courtney Houston
July 23, 2010

http://www.ehow.com/list_6759214_grants-cancer.html

This article from eHow lists non-profit organizations that provide help to cancer patients that are unable to cover treatments. The article lists Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, CancerCare and PAF’s Colorectal CareLine.



New Rules May Help Patients Turn A Health Insurer's 'No' Into 'Yes'
NPR
By Michelle Andrews
July 22, 2010

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This article from NPR online and discusses new insurance rules that will be considered. The article states that PAF patient Rona Dondzilo from Spokane, WA who was denied coverage for treatment for endometrial cancer because her health plan said her condition was pre-existing, won her case with PAF’s help. The article also mentions PAF’s Tami Lewis. The NPR article was also printed in The Washington Post. However, it did not include information about PAF.



Paying for Treatment with Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
About.com
by Adrienne Dellwo
July 21, 2010

http://chronicfatigue.about.com/b/2010/07/21/paying-for-treatment-with-fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome.htm#

A blog about fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome on About.com lists PAF as a resource for assistance with insurance access issues, medical debt and job retention.



Two New Publications where PAF was Interviewed
Previvors Book
Previvors, Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions is a groundbreaking guide with the stories of five courageous women written by Dina Roth Port. Chapter Seven, entitled Money Matters features Nancy Davenport-Ennis and Patient Advocate Foundation throughout the 18 page chapter. PAF is also featured as a resource.

In summary, the book is about "Advances in genetic testing and risk assessment have changed the face of medicine, but with them has come a Pandora's box of dilemmas. Imagine discovering you had a significant risk for developing breast cancer. What would you do? Through the incredible true stories of five young friends, as well as interviews with more... than seventy top breast cancer experts, health writer Dina Roth Port addresses the universal questions of women everywhere who have watched family members suffer from the disease and wondered, "Am I next?" Full of practical information, Previvors is the first comprehensive book to guide women through the difficult process of determining their risk, weighing the options, and coping with the emotions of deciding to undergo surgery.

From navigating health insurance coverage to finding the right medical team, Previvors is an invaluable resource for women facing decisions about their risk and future health.For more information about the book go to http://www.dinarothport.com/previvors-book/


















Book
The New Health Care System, Everything you Need to Know David Nather’s book addresses such questions as "How does it work?", "What will it cover?", and “What's going to change?” This book will help you understand what will and will not change under the new law. In an easy, conversational manner, David Nather makes a complicated system easier to figure out by answering all your questions. PAF was quoted and reference in the very first chapter entitled “How Health Insurance Works."

www.newhealthcaresystembook.com




Co-Pay & Prescription Assistance Programs
heprat blog
July 19, 2010

http://heprat.blogspot.com/2010/07/co-pay-prescription-assistance-programs.html

HEPRAT is written by a 57 year old white American male infected with Hepatitis C. The blog is about co-pay and prescription assistance programs and lists PAF’s Co-Pay Relief Program as a resource.



Burns: Make oral cancer meds available
The Tribune-Democrat
By Bernie Hornick
July 14, 2010

http://tribune-democrat.com/local/x961150978/Burns-Make-oral-cancer-meds-available

This article covered an event in Pennsylvania at the state Capitol where NPAF advocates visited to urge passage of the “oral chemotherapy co-pay” bill. The bill would require that cancer patients have access to all potentially life-saving therapies, including oral chemotherapy, by bringing down insurance co-pays.



Why It’s Wise to Use a Health Advocate
COPD News of the Day
By Dr. Carolyn Clancy
July 12, 2010

http://copdnewsoftheday.com/?p=3776

This article covers why it’s wise for patients to use a health advocate and lists PAF as a resource to help navigate the healthcare system. The article says that health advocates can:
  • Ask questions or voice concerns to your doctor for you.
  • Compile or update your medicine list.
  • Remember your medication regimen and help you follow treatment instructions, including asking questions about your followup care.
  • Help arrange transportation.
  • Research treatment options, procedures, doctors, and hospitals.
  • File paperwork or assist with insurance matters.
  • Ask the "what's next" questions, such as, "If this test is negative what does it mean? If it's positive, will more tests be needed?"




Florida's Health Plan for the Uninsured Has Few Takers
Best Health Blog
July 10, 2010

http://besthealthblog.info/?p=3113

An article about ‘Cover Florida,' the state's unsubsidized private insurance program for the uninsured, was originally published in February 2010 and was posted on Best Health Blog in July. The article quotes Erin Moaratty.



Hampton group helps those lacking health insurance
The Virginian-Pilot
By Amy Jeter
July 4, 2010

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This article from Amy Jeter was written a week after Amy’s article about high-risk insurance pools in Virginia came out. Amy became extremely interested to learn about PAF’s Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP) and felt that the program deserved an article of its own. Beth Patterson, Erin Moaratty and case manager Judith Storey are all quoted and/or mentioned in this article.


PAF Virginia Cares Uninsured Program Public Service Address.
Click here to listen to the public address on YouTube™.


June 2010
Pre-surgery homework can avert billing surprises
Associated Press
By Tom Murphy
June 1, 2010

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This article from Tom Murphy discusses things to consider before checking into a hospital or outpatient surgery center for non –emergency care. Questions to ask include:
Will my procedure be covered?
Is preauthorization required?
Is everyone involved in the procedure in your insurer's network?
What will insurance cover?
What should you do if you have little or no insurance?
Erin Moaratty, Chief of External Communications, answered the last question, telling readers to "always try and negotiate."



Slow Payments: Not Your Problem?
Five ways to speed insurance payouts and reduce employee complaints, without adding cost
HR Magazine
By Rita Zeidner
June 1, 2010

This article covers company healthcare benefits and starts by stating that, "There are no concrete statistics, but many companies may be paying more for health benefits than mere claims data reflect—and the hidden costs lie in the untold hours HR professionals spend helping employees get to the bottom of wrongly denied claims."

PAF patient Rick Crusoe's story was included in the article along with the news of the Dateline NBC story. Erin Moaratty, Chief of External Communications, maintained that "PAF weighs research carefully before recommending an appeal and would not suggest that an employer cover experimental treatments unless evidence showed they were promising."



Patient Advocacy
That Stupid Cancer Show on BlogTalk Radio
Guest: Erin Moaratty, Chief of External Communications

http://stupidcancershow.com

Show lasted for 1.5 hours and covered patient advocacy and featured call in guests and cancer survivors.



Chronic Disease and Medication Assistance Programs
EmpowerHER Blog
by Cary Cook, BSN, RN
June 8, 2010

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This blog post lists different organizations, including PAF, that might be helpful for patients that are having trouble paying for medications or other costs associated with chronic illnesses.


Maximizing Payment From Your Insurance Plan
Patient Resource Cancer Guide
June 14, 2010

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This guide provided tips to help patients battling cancer succeed when it comes to health insurance, whether private insurance or Medicaid. Tips included:
If Possible, Work with One Person
Track Claims, Appeal Denials
Look for Ways to Reduce Drug Costs
If You’re Uninsured and Have Cancer
PAF was listed as a resource in the last section, "If You're Uninsured and Have Cancer."


Patient Advocate Programs
eHow.com
By Alissa Kinney
June 21, 2010

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eHow.com contributing writer Alissa Kinney lists and writes about two patient advocacy organizations: National Patient Advocate Foundation and Stanford School of Medicine's Patient Advocacy Program. Alissa remarks that on one point all patient advocate programs seem to converge: to ensure that everyone has access to quality health care and treatment for everything from passing common illnesses to serious, life-altering conditions.


How to Deal With Health Insurance After Cancer Has Been Diagnosed
Free Insurance Quotes Blog
June 21, 2010

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This article discusses two sides of the cancer battle: treatment/recovery and benefits from your insurance provider, and gives readers tips to help the second half of the battle go more smoothly. The article goes on to list organizations where patients can get help, including the American Cancer Society, The Patient Advocate Foundation, or the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.


Healthcare Reform and Our Patients
ACCCBuzz (Association of Community Cancer Centers) Blog
June 21, 2010

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This blog post discusses a recent one-day summit titled “What Will Healthcare Reform Mean for Our Patients?” that included messages from health policy experts, government representatives and medical professionals. The clear message from the event: The real work of healthcare reform began after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) made their way through Congress.

National Patient Advocate Foundation was listed in this article, along with Breast Cancer Action, Friends of Cancer Research, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. This group of patient advocacy organizations filed a formal amicus brief defending he need for the health reform law’s minimum coverage provision being challenged by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia.



Getting health insurance to those who need it in Virginia
The Virginian-Pilot
By Amy Jeter
June 27, 2010

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Amy Jeter covers the topic of high-risk health insurance pools in Virginia and told the story of PAF and VCUP patient Corey Lucas, who is an “uninsurable” because he has been denied coverage because of a pre-existing medical condition or he qualifies only for insurance with higher premiums.


Navigating the Maze of Disability
CureToday.com
By Bunmi Ishola
June 2010

Michelle Shanks, senior case manager at the Patient Advocate Foundation, was interviewed regarding disability issues patients are dealing with today.

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March 30, 2010 PAF is mentioned in a WTKR "Take Action" segment entitled "Air force surgeon discusses health care reform and military families." In this segment a doctor discusses how the new healthcare bill will affect military families.

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Dateline NBC
January 24, 2010 Visit the MSNBC website to view video of the Dateline NBC interview with Beth Darnley, President of Mission Delivery, that was filmed at the offices of PAF.

View video of the Dateline NBC segment featuring PAF and Richard Crusoe, a PAF patient that aired on Sunday, January 24, 2010. This segment featured three patients and included Mr. Crusoe's challenges in accessing potentially life-saving medical care and PAF's work on a compassionate appeal on his behalf.