The Assistance Fund Opens Copay Program for Individuals with Myasthenia Gravis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Financial support now available for healthcare premiums, deductibles, copays, coinsurance and incidental medical expenses

ORLANDO, Fla., November 20, 2017 -- The Assistance Fund, an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs, today announced the launch of a program to provide financial support to patients with myasthenia gravis. The new fund will assist individuals with out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with their condition and treatment, including premiums, deductibles, copays, coinsurance and incidental medical expenses.

“Highly effective treatment options for myasthenia gravis are available, allowing individuals with the condition to lead full and relatively comfortable lives,” said Mark P. McGreevy, President, The Assistance Fund. “However, these therapies can be a significant expense for families. We are excited to provide much-needed financial support through our new myasthenia gravis fund so that patients can access treatments and improve their quality of life.”

Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that causes muscle weakness after periods of activity. Muscles affected may include those that control eye and eyelid movement, facial expressions, talking, breathing and neck and limb movements, among others. Men and women of all ages are affected by this disorder; the most commonly affected groups are young adult women and older men. Up to twenty percent of individuals with myasthenia gravis experience one or more myasthenic crises in their lifetime, where the muscles that control breathing weaken significantly, requiring the use of a ventilator. There is no known cure, but existing therapies have been shown to reduce muscle weakness, greatly improving quality of life.i

To learn more or determine eligibility for financial support, individuals should visit tafcares.org or call (855) 845-7608 to speak with a patient advocate.

A list of all the funds available at The Assistance Fund can be found on the website tafcares.org.

 

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