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Report Finds an Alarming Number of Chronically Ill Patients - Over 93 Percent - Reporting Medical Debt Crisis Issues in 2008 Have Some Form of Insurance
Date:4/29/2009

"Each year, PAF is able to help more Americans gain access to the healthcare services they need, but we continue to see thousands of patients and family members struggle with rejected insurance claims, citing denials based on pre-existing conditions. In 2008, we have seen a dramatic increase in job loss and unemployment, as well as a shifting of cost burdens such as accelerated co-payments to the patient, creating significant access issues for patients nationwide," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, founder, president and CEO of PAF. "These challenges, in combination with caps on services, pharmaceutical products and medical devices and reduced annual benefit caps, pose serious risks for patients that can lead to life-or-death delays in treatment."

PAF collects data from each patient case received throughout the year from PAF's professional senior patient navigators. In addition to providing analysis of national healthcare trends, the PDAR highlights PAF's 13-year history in resolving complex health insurance issues, such as benefit denials and appeals. Originally published in 1997, this data has been increasingly requested by lawmakers, MedPAC, congressional offices, academics and advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1996, PAF has touched more than 30 million American lives.

"PAF proudly publishes the annual PDAR to provide an up-to-date snapshot of healthcare in America including vital healthcare and insurance trends that we hope can serve as a reference for healthcare policymakers and other stakeholders as they work to address the global healthcare crisis America now faces and reform the nation's healthcare system," added Davenport-Ennis.

For more information about Patient Advocate Foundation or to request a copy of the 2008 PDAR, please visit www.patientadvocate.org or call toll free (800) 532-5274.

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