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1,000th Uninsured Virginia Patient Secures Access to Quality Medical Care Through Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP)
Date:7/10/2008

ia alone, there are 952,000 uninsured adults and 156,000 uninsured children, translating to approximately 12.8 percent of the state's population facing potential access to care challenges.

The VCUP was created to assist uninsured Virginia residents who have been diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness and are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate healthcare attain needed medical care and screenings, fill prescribed medications and pay their existing medical bills. Without this type of assistance, uninsured patients commonly face a variety of serious medical debt and access to care crises that can significantly harm their quality of care and health outcomes.

"We are pleased to have been able to help Berta and the hundreds of other Virginians like her who were in desperate need of life-saving and life-enhancing medical care," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of PAF. "Quality healthcare is a basic human need and a shared social responsibility, and we will continue to work closely with the Commonwealth and others to provide uninsured Virginia patients with access to a full continuum of healthcare services that meet pharmaceutical, surgical, radiation, physician and social service needs."

The VCUP's healthcare professionals at PAF help uninsured Virginians access care by seeking to negotiate funding and/or insurance coverage to access medical treatments; striving to negotiate free or reduced medications, nutrition, housing, utilities and free or reduced transportation and lodging for patients who must travel for treatment; assisting patients with obtaining insurance with COBRA, Medicaid, Medicare, Guarantee Issues Plans, HIPAA plans and FAMIS/FAMIS Select; and helping patients with applying, expediting decisions and appealing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Long Term Disability (LTD) and/or Short Term Disability.

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