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Patient Advocate Foundation Launches Program to Help Uninsured Virginians with Chronic, Debilitating and Life-Threatening Illness Access Quality Healthcare
Date:9/5/2007

'Virginia Cares Uninsured Program' Could Help Thousands of the More Than 1 Million Virginia Residents Currently Without Health Insurance

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) -- a national non-profit organization that provides patient services to thousands of patients every year who are unable to obtain access to care because of financial or insurance denials -- today announced a new patient services program, Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP). This state-wide program is designed to assist uninsured Virginia residents who have been diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness and are experiencing difficulties accessing the appropriate healthcare. PAF's trained healthcare professionals are available to provide case management services, developing safety nets of healthcare services to meet pharmaceutical, surgical, radiation, physician, and social service needs of the uninsured.

"The Patient Advocate Foundation was founded on the principle that quality healthcare is a basic human need and a shared social responsibility," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of PAF. "All Virginians should have access to a full continuum of healthcare services, particularly when diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Within the construct of the Virginia Cares Uninsured Program, Patient Advocate Foundation case managers will evaluate the individual needs of uninsured patients, striving to facilitate access to timely and appropriate care. In some cases this includes making application to state or federal programs while in others, it requires detailed investigation into local, regional and/or disease specific resources and individual health care providers who accept and care for indigent patients regardless of their ability to pay. We are so pleased that the Commonwealth has partnered with a program that will help many of its c
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