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Help with Prescription Drug Costs: PAN Foundation Supports Cancer Patients

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By Amy Niles, Executive Vice President of the PAN Foundation

Steve Woolf lives in Arizona with his wife and their dog, a corgi-lab. At 70 years old, he works part-time and focuses on the simple pleasures, like family hikes and his hobby researching American Civil War documentary photography. 

He is able to enjoy all of these things while managing his chronic lymphocytic leukemia, thanks in part to co-pay assistance from the PAN Foundation. Living with a chronic cancer means years of expensive treatments, and because Steve has Medicare insurance, there is no yearly limit on his out-of-pocket prescription medication costs. 

“That we are grateful for this lifesaving grant from the PAN Foundation is an understatement,” he said. “The generous grant has enabled me to stay on track with my cancer treatment.”

A cancer diagnosis is never easy, and unfortunately the treatment is quite often expensive. For those with Medicare insurance, like Steve, the costs can exceed a monthly fixed income. Stories like Steve’s are what continue to motivate all of us at PAN to advocate for Medicare reform, and provide financial assistance for nearly 70 chronic and serious illnesses. Our mission is to support the underinsured and underserved, and to advocate for reforms that will improve healthcare access and affordability and ease the burden on millions grappling with the same challenges as Steve.  

Over the last 15 years, PAN has served nearly 1 million patients, providing more than $4 billion in financial support for their medical needs. Whether you’re already familiar with PAN’s work or you’re getting to know us for the first time, here are a few of the ways you can find help through or get involved with PAN.

Apply for assistance

PAN provides patient assistance grants for nearly 70 diagnoses, including many cancers, and chronic and rare diseases. Our eligibility checker helps you find out whether you qualify for any of these funds in minutes. These grants often cover 100 percent of your out-of-pocket prescription medication costs, including deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance. We cover products that are FDA-approved or listed in official compendia or evidence-based guidelines for each disease. This includes brand and generic medications. Eligible patients can also receive transportation assistance to cover travel expenses to their doctor’s offices and pharmacy. 

To apply, patients—or caregivers or providers applying on their behalf—complete a paperless application, get instant approval, and in most cases, can begin using their grant immediately. You can apply online in minutes and track your grant in our online portals. Start today at

Get funding alerts through the wait list

We do our best to keep our funds open all year round. If the fund you would like to apply for is closed, we recommend signing up for the wait list. Our wait list system allows prospective grantees to get the first chance to apply for assistance when funding becomes available. Our website also tracks available funding at other charitable organizations, so even if our fund is closed, you’ll be able to quickly see whether help is available somewhere else. Our goal is to help patients in need find help, regardless of the source. 

Sign up for FundFinder to get real-time funding alerts

We recognize that searching the internet for open funds, whether at PAN or another organization, is challenging and time-consuming. It’s why we developed the first patient assistance app, FundFinder, which allows users to sign up for notifications for 200 funds across nine different charitable organizations. Our award-winning app allows users to search for support organizations that may have peer support, educational resources, and other helpful offerings. It’s free to use, anyone can sign up, and with millions of notifications sent out in our first two years, it’s connecting thousands of patients with funding opportunities. Check it out at

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