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Get up to $20,000 Grants from The Pan Foundation

Get up to $20,000 Grants from The Pan Foundation

If you’re a low income American with a life-threatening, chronic or rare disease, then you need to know about The PAN Foundation! This organization can provide financial assistance to help with your out-of-pocket medical costs.

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In this article, we will review what The PAN Foundation is, how it works, and how you can get the help that you need.

What is The PAN Foundation?

The PAN Foundation (also called The Patient Access Network Foundation) is a nonprofit organization that helps people who do not have adequate insurance cover their medical costs. They specialize in helping people who have chronic, rare, or life-threatening diagnoses.

This organization was founded back in 2004 to ensure that low income Americans could get the treatment they need. Since that time, the organization has helped more than one million people with their out-of-pocket prescription medication costs. Their total payouts exceed $4 billion!

What does The PAN Foundation pay for?

The PAN Foundation offers grants that can help people with certain diagnoses. Each grant works a little differently but there are typically four types of grants available through this organization.

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Each of the grants are designed to help you for a 12-month period. The PAN Foundation has different funds available for different diagnoses, so the amount you will receive and the eligibility criteria will vary depending on what your specific diagnosis is.

Copay Grants

The Copay Grants can be used to pay for your out-of-pocket medication costs. This may include generics or bioequivalent medications.

When you use a Copay Grant from The PAN Foundation, you can choose which providers you see, which pharmacies you use, and which medications you want to cover. You still control your health care, you just get a little bit of financial help to afford it better.

Health Insurance Premium Grants

In some cases, you may be able to get a Health Insurance Premium Grant to help cover your health insurance premiums. These grants typically will not cover the full amount but will help you with a partial payment.

The PAN Foundation website says that health insurance premium grants are for patients who are being treated for specific disease states.

Transportation Grants

If you are already receiving a Copay or Premium Grant, then you can also apply for an additional Transportation Grant. This grant can help you pay for transportation to and from medical appointments and other activities that support your overall health.

A few examples of covered trips would include:

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  • Grocery shopping
  • Pharmacies
  • Social support

The Transportation Grant is $500 per year. The money is sent on a prepaid Visa debit card, which you will receive about 2-3 weeks after your application is approved.

In order to be eligible, you must be currently enrolled in a copay or premium fund from The Pan Foundation and have an income that is 500% or less of the Federal Poverty Level.

Second or Renewal Grants

If you are an active grant recipient, you can apply for a second grant or a renewal grant. These grants are only available to people who are already being assisted by The PAN Foundation.

Second grants are available when your PAN grant balance is $0 but you need more help with medication before the 12-month eligibility period ends.

Renewal grants are available when your initial 12-month eligibility period ends. If the fund is still open to applications, you can apply for another 12-month grant. Renewal grant opportunities open 30 days before the end of your current award period.

Who is eligible for help?

The PAN Foundation has separate funds for separate diagnoses. Each of these funds has different requirements for eligibility. Each fund also has its own independent status, so one fund may be open to applications while another is closed or on a waitlist status.

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Generally, you will need to meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for a grant from The PAN Foundation:

  • You must live and receive treatment in the United States (including territories).
  • You must be diagnosed with the disease named in the fund.
  • You must be receiving treatment for that condition OR have received treatment in the last 90 days OR be expected to begin treatment in the next 120 days.
  • Your prescribed medication must be listed on the fund’s Covered Medications list.
  • You must meet the income limits and insurance requirements listed on the fund’s page. These requirements may vary between funds.

The easiest way to find out if you are eligible is to review The PAN Foundation’s open disease funds. You need to see if there is a condition on the list that applies to you.

At the time of this writing, The PAN Foundation lists the following disease funds:

CONDITIONAMOUNT
Acromegaly$6,300
Acute Myeloid Leukemia$4,600
Amyloidosis$8,500
Ankylosing Spondylitis$5,200
Asthma$1,400
Atopic Dermatitis$3,700
Basal Cell Carcinoma$6,700
Biliary Tract Cancer$4,300
Bipolar Disorder$1,600
Bladder Cancer$2,500
Breast Cancer$5,700
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia$9,700
Colorectal Cancer$2,500
Cushing’s Disease or Syndrome$11,100
Diabetic Foot Ulcers$600
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy$6,800
Fabry Disease$8,700
Fabry Disease Premium$4,500
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors$4,200
Gaucher Disease$10,300
Glioblastoma Multiforme$5,300
Graft Vs Host Disease$8,900
Heart Failure$1,200
Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome$7,000
Hemophilia$4,600
Hemophilia Premium$4,500
Hepatitis C$5,600
HIV Treatment and Prevention$3,600
Hypercholesterolemia$2,100
Hyperkalemia$1,600
Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura$4,500
Inflammatory Bowel Disease$3,800
Inherited Retinal Disease$3,100
Inherited Retinal Disease Premium$4,500
Liver Cancer$6,500
Lysosomal Acid Lipase Deficiency$2,100
Macular Diseases$1,900
Mantle Cell Lymphoma$9,000
Melanoma$6,800
Multiple Myeloma$7,800
Multiple Sclerosis$6,000
Myasthenia Gravis$9,100
Neuromyelitis Optica Spectrum Disorder$4,800
Neurotrophic Keratitis$7,800
Neutropenia$2,200
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma$6,200
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer$5,200
Ovarian Cancer$3,700
Pancreatic Cancer$4,300
Parkinson’s Disease$3,300
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria$6,800
Pemphigus Vulgaris$6,600
Philadelphia Chromosome Negative Myeloproliferative Neoplasms$10,500
Plaque Psoriasis$4,600
Pompe Disease$6,800
Postmenopausal Osteoporosis$600
Prostate Cancer$7,000
Psoriatic Arthritis$3,100
Pulmonary Hypertension$5,900
Renal Cell Carcinoma$6,500
Retinal Vein Occlusion$2,000
Rett Syndrome$5,500
Rheumatoid Arthritis$4,700
Schizophrenia$3,200
Short Bowel Syndrome$20,100
Short Bowel Syndrome Premium$4,500
Sickle Cell Disease$3,700
Small Cell Lung Cancer$5,200
Spinal Muscular Atrophy$5,800
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus$6,300
Type 2 Diabetes$3,100
Uveitis$900
Venous Leg Ulcers$800
Von Willebrand Disease$2,600
Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia$7,000

Some funds are open, others are closed, and some are accepting applications on the waitlist. Even if the fund is closed, The PAN Foundation offers a FundFinder that can help you find financial support from other organizations.

How do I apply?

Applying is actually very easy!

Find Your Fund

First, you need to visit The PAN Foundation disease fund list and find the condition that applies to you. Click on the name of the condition in the alphabetized list.

If you prefer, you can click the “Medications” tab and sort by medication instead. I prefer to sort by condition because the medications list is longer and more confusing.

Check the Status

All of the funds from The PAN Foundation have three potential statuses:

  • Open, which means they are accepting applications
  • Waitlist, which means that the program is currently only available to people who signed up for the wait list
  • Closed, which means that the program is currently full and they are not accepting any new applications

Closed

A closed fund is not accepting new applications because it’s already operating at capacity. If the fund is closed, you will be given two choices. You can sign up for the wait list and use the FundFinder to find other help.

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If you are interested in a closed fund, you should join the wait list. The people who sign up for the wait list are notified two days before the fund opens to the public again.

In order to sign up for the wait list, you will need to provide some basic information about your diagnosis, your contact information, and your provider or pharmacy. You will also need to use an email that you check often. After all, the waitlist notification will be sent over email and you don’t want to miss it!

After you sign up for the wait list, use the FundFinder tool to see if there are any other programs that may be able to assist you in the meantime.

Waitlist

If the fund is on a Waitlist status, it means that it is only available to people who have already signed up for the wait list. Check back in two days and you should be able to apply!

In the meantime, make sure to join the wait list for any funds that you are interested in so that you can also get early access when they open.

Open Funds

If the fund that you are eligible for is currently accepting applications, you’ll see big box that says “APPLY TODAY.” This is great news – it means you’re ready to move on to Step 3!

Step 3: Complete the Application

You can apply for an Open Fund directly on the page. You just start by answering the first question, which is to select whether you are a patient, provider or pharmacy. Click the “next” button to enter the pre-screening questionnaire. This tool will help you determine if you are eligible.

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The pre-screening questionnaire is actually very simple. It will ask you which medication you are currently taking, whether or not you live in the United States, if you have insurance, and some basic questions about your household size and income.

If the questionnaire indicates that you are eligible for the program, you will be able to apply.

Things to Remember

You can choose to call The PAN Foundation at 1-866-316-7263 for assistance if you would rather apply over the phone. Their offices are open on weekdays between 9am and 5:30pm ET.

When you apply, it’s important to have your medication list, provider’s contact information, health insurance information, and income data available. You will need it to complete the application.

You may be required to upload documentation to verify your health insurance costs or household income. Don’t forget to submit that documentation as soon as possible!

Summary

The PAN Foundation offers grants of up to $20,000 to patients with specific chronic, rare or life-threatening conditions. The funds are intended to help you pay for medications, insurance premiums or transportation to support your health. Use the guidance in this article to find out which conditions they cover and how you can apply!

Bill Coles

Thursday 10th of August 2023

I have CKD - Glomulonephritist (I think I spelled it correctly) stage 3 B. Would this be one of the conditions or diseases for one of these grants? I had to cancel my last two kidney doctor appointments due to travel. I don’t have a vehicle and the hospitals or specialists that I was supposed to go to are 3 hrs drive away. I’m not able to work (stay sick) but don’t qualify for disability. Any help would be wonderful. Thank you so much for your time.

Catherine Marucci

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Hi Bill. Even if they can't, The PAN Foundation offers a FundFinder that can help you find financial support from other organizations.

Barbara P Turner

Thursday 10th of August 2023

I'm a Senior (68) with 9 med. conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, I MAKE blood clots - Protein C & S deficiency; PTSD; BP; Chol; a brain congenital problem: Congenitally malformed blood vessel in the cerebral part of my brain causing FROM BIRTH dizziness, balance and BP issues, nobody knew why I can pass out or spikes in BP or balance issues, when my Neurologist Dr. Hennesey discovered this on a MRI of my head/neck, he said "now we know why you've had all of these issues and you will use either a cane or rollator for balance from now on and I'm ordering you a Perm. Handicapped tag." Didn't find this out until I was 52. With that & the other conditions I was put on Judge ordered Soc. Sec. Disability from 11-1-09 until 12-1-21. They officially retired me with a letter of retirement at age 66.