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CSL Behring Awards LEAD Grant to Patient Organizations to Educate Constituents on State Insurance Exchanges
Date:12/2/2011

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CSL Behring announced today that it has awarded a $40,000 advocacy grant to the American Plasma Users Coalition (A-PLUS) through its Local Empowerment for Advocacy Development (LEAD) program. LEAD grants support the grassroots advocacy efforts of organizations that help people who use plasma-derived or recombinant therapies to manage rare and serious medical disorders. CSL Behring has awarded more than $600,000 in grants to patient organizations since the LEAD program was established in 2008.

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The grant will be used to create the A-PLUS State Exchange Project, which will educate state advocates on the development of state insurance exchanges, including federally defined essential health benefits that establish the minimum requirements of exchanges.  The project will also help state advocates educate patients about implementation of the exchanges and how they can participate to ensure that access to specialized care and treatments will be maintained in the plans offered through the state insurance exchanges.

A-PLUS partners include:

  • Alpha-1 Association
  • Alpha-1 Foundation
  • Committee of Ten Thousand
  • GBS/CIDP Foundation International
  • Hemophilia Federation of America
  • Immune Deficiency Foundation
  • Jeffrey Modell Foundation
  • National Hemophilia Foundation
  • Patient Services Incorporated
  • Platelet Disorder Support Association

Larry LaMotte, Director of Government Affairs for the Immune Deficiency Foundation said, "This project will allow each organization's volunteers to be educated and trained to advo
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