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

OBRA, 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.

"We are pleased to have been able to help so many of our fellow Virginians in only the first six months of the Virginia Cares Uninsured Program by providing expert case management at no charge to help patients gain access to healthcare services that meet pharmaceutical, surgical, radiation, physician and social service needs," said Nancy Davenport-Ennis, President and CEO of PAF. "Quality healthcare is a basic human need and a shared social responsibility, and all Virginians should have access to a full continuum of healthcare services, particularly when diagnosed with a life-threatening illness."

VCUP highlighted six-month program successes include:

-- Providing critical information and assistance to more than 780 Virginians, 380 of whom were uninsured with serious medical conditions and required case management assistance to create access to healthcare

-- Conducting 82 outreach visits to Virginia community clinics, hospitals, Virginia Department of Social Services, and Virginia Medicaid offices to review benefits of the VCUP program for their consumers

-- Developing and distributing program information to 138 hospitals and social service offices throughout Virginia

-- Holding educational sessions with medical personnel and staff from four research hospitals, nine health departments and 13 medical clinics

-- Launching the VCUP website, http://www.pafcares.org, whereby uninsured patients can access additional information about the VCUP and PAF, download brochures and contact program case managers

-- Providing quarter to half-page display ads in Virginia newspapers
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