Patient Advocate Foundation

Since 1996, Patient Advocate Foundation has been engaged in providing direct patient services to patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses who are confronting critical access issues including insurance denials, lack of access to care, medical debt crisis issues preventing access. Since our inception, Patient Advocate Foundation has closed more than 500,000 cases and provided information to millions of patients, healthcare professionals and caregivers. We have made a difference in the lives of many, insuring their access to prescribed healthcare while assisting them in maintaining their financial health and security in a time of great uncertainly. We have not accomplished this work alone, rather we are guided by a Board of Directors who are all national leaders in the healthcare industry, collaborated with the leading national non-profit organizations and are supported generously by our partners in progress. Together, we have made a lasting impact in the lives of so many.

“I’m writing this letter to express my heartfelt appreciation to the PAF. I have worked hard all my life and have been fortunate enough to have never been unemployed. I’ve never drawn an unemployment check or received any form of assistance. At 58 years of age, when my cancer diagnosis reached me, I had never stayed overnight in a hospital. Along with the worry about my future and medical condition, I had the added worry of medical bills while receiving only 60% of my pay through disability benefits. The assistance from your foundation has greatly relieved my stress. You have restored my faith in humanity. I am very grateful for your financial assistance.”

National Underinsured Resource Directory

The National Underinsured Resource Directory is an online interactive tutorial that provides navigation assistance to appropriate and available resources targeted to serve underinsured individuals. If you have health insurance but are still struggling to meet out-of-pocket medical expenses you are underinsured. The tutorial offers the following:

  • Create Your Own Profile and Personalize Your Resources
  • Help Define and Understand Your Benefits and Coverage Allowances
  • Identify National, Local and Disease Specific Health and Financial Resources
  • Action Steps for Healthcare Access and Financial Matters

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Insure Us Today

Many patients served remain confused about what healthcare benefits are available to them since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010. In an effort to answer the most commonly asked questions about insurance benefit changes in the PPACA, Patient Advocate Foundation and Patient Action Council have established the website, This website is supported by a toll free number offering personalized services to those with questions and is constructed in a blog format allowing visitors to post in real time their questions that are then answered by insurance specialist. Site features include:

  • Timeline of Implementation
  • Helpful Resources
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Informative Media Articles

PAF is a proud partner with Breakaway from Cancer®. Breakaway from Cancer provides an opportunity for PAF to reach out to patients who are having healthcare access problems, providing them with information about resources that will assist them in overcoming those obstacles. It also provides consistent and coordinated opportunity to facilitate wide distribution of information to the public attending the Breakaway from Cancer related events, educating people about the services provided by PAF. Lastly, and certainly most importantly, Breakaway from Cancer has created a one of its kind joint partnership between four of the leading patient advocacy organizations serving the cancer community. Working together, we have made great strides towards providing comprehensive patient education and navigation services to the public including messaging about cancer prevention, providing support during diagnosis and treatment phases, bringing remedy to patient care barriers and offering survivors opportunities to give back. PAF is appreciative of the partnership we have with Amgen and the Breakaway from Cancer partners… it take a team to fight cancer and we are proud to be part of the team.