ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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 new financial assistance program for individuals with hemophilia. The program is designed to help qualified patients pay for medication copayments, coinsurance and deductibles, health insurance premiums and incidental medical expenses.
Hemophilia is a rare inherited disorder caused by a mutation in the gene responsible for blood clotting. The blood’s inability to clot leads to excessive bleeding following injuries or surgeries and, in severe cases, bleeding in the brain can cause long term problems such as seizures or paralysis.1 It is more common for males to have the condition. Currently, about 20,000 males in the United States are living with hemophilia.1
“For people with hemophilia, even routine activities, like going to the dentist, can be daunting,” said Mark P. McGreevy, President and CEO, The Assistance Fund. “The opening of TAF’s Hemophilia Financial Assistance Program will provide financial support to patients so that they can better afford the treatments they need to help minimize bleeding episodes and improve their quality of life.”
Aside from excessive bleeding, people with hemophilia can also experience chronic joint disease and pain, large bruises or irregular nosebleeds.2 Common treatments include clotting factor injections, called replacement therapy, as a prophylactic measure or “on demand therapy” following an injury.2
To learn more or determine eligibility for financial support, individuals should visit tafcares.org or call 844-282-5802 to speak with a patient advocate.
A list of all the programs available at The Assistance Fund can be found on the website tafcares.org.
About The Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund is an independent charitable patient assistance foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles and other health-related expenses. The Assistance Fund currently manages more than 40 funds – each of which covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease. Since its founding in 2009, The Assistance Fund has helped more than 73,000 adults and children access the medicines they need to stay healthy or manage a chronic condition. To learn more about The Assistance Fund, or for information on how to donate, please visit tafcares.org.
1. Basics About Hemophilia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hemophilia/facts.html. Revised May 4, 2018. Accessed July 11, 2018.
2. Hemophilia. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/hemophilia. Accessed July 11, 2018.