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Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP) Announces Early Successes in Helping Uninsured Virginians Access Quality Healthcare
Date:1/15/2008

Patient Advocate Foundation Program Has Already Helped Hundreds of Uninsured Virginians with Chronic, Debilitating and Life-Threatening Illness Since its July 2007 Launch

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) -- a national, non-profit organization based in Virginia providing assistance to tens of thousands of patients every year who face access to healthcare issues due to financial or insurance denials - and the Commonwealth of Virginia announced today six-month results of the Virginia Cares Uninsured Program (VCUP), a free patient assistance program provided by PAF and the Commonwealth designed to assist uninsured Virginia residents who have been diagnosed with a chronic, debilitating or life-threatening illness and are experiencing difficulties accessing appropriate healthcare.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Bureau of the Census, approximately 47.6 million Americans do not have any form of health insurance. The 2005 Census estimates that in Virginia alone, there are 952,000 uninsured adults and 156,000 uninsured children, translating to approximately 12.8 percent of the state's population. Uninsured patients such as these face a variety of serious medical debt and access to care crises - such as being unable to access needed medical care and screenings, fill prescribed medications or pay existing medical bills - that can significantly harm their quality of care and health outcomes.

Since July 2007, the VCUP's healthcare professionals at Patient Advocate Foundation have helped more than 780 uninsured Virginians who were facing these types of issues 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 C
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