Patient Advocate Foundation Receives Donation to Benefit Patients Through New Program

HAMPTON, VA., March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is pleased to announce the receipt of funding to support the addition of a new transportation-focused program within their Financial Aid Fund division. The new program is designed to help patients diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and metastatic melanoma with transportation expenses.

"For patients diagnosed with a serious illness, like metastatic melanoma or lung cancer, frequent ongoing treatment means reliable transportation to and from care can be difficult to find," Dr. Alan Balch, CEO of Patient Advocate Foundation says. "With the addition of this Transportation Financial Aid Fund, we hope to reduce some of our patients' transportation barriers."

The Transportation Financial Aid Fund joins the array of support programs offered as part of PAF's Financial Aid Fund division providing targeted relief to specific designated patient populations. The program will open May 1st and begin accepting applications immediately.

Financially qualified metastatic lung cancer and metastatic melanoma patients in active treatment will receive a one-time grant of $300 to be used specifically for transportation purposes as it applies to the patient's treatment. To be eligible, patients must also be undergoing reoccurring IV-infused treatment and have incomes below 250% of the federal poverty guideline.

Patients interested in applying for the Transportation Financial Aid Fund may call (855) 824-7941 beginning on May 1, 2015 for more information.

About the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) Financial Aid Fund

Patient Advocate Foundation's Financial Aid Fund is an independent division that provides small grants to patients who meet the financial and medical criteria. Grants are provided on first-come first served basis and are distributed until funds are depleted. Qualifications and processes for each fund may differ based on fund requirements. Patients who are interested in applying for financial assistance should start by calling this division toll free at (855) 824-7941.

CONTACT: Erin Singleton Chief of Mission Delivery (757) 952-0561

Source:Patient Advocate Foundation