Dear colleague,
 
I hope you have had a healthy and happy start to 2019. Here at PAN, we’ve hit the ground running after a rewarding year. Looking back on 2018, we are proud of the work we have done to expand the safety net for patients and strengthen our advocacy on their behalf. We are honored to share that last year, we raised $530.7 million to serve nearly 200,000 patients. We cannot thank you enough for your unwavering support.

While PAN provides a lifeline for thousands of people, we know firsthand that the need for patient assistance is greater than ever. Last October, I wrote an editorial for the New York Times about the devastating impact that high cost-sharing has on access to care and the inability of safety-net programs to keep pace with the growing need for financial assistance.

Last December, we were thrilled to launch FundFinder, a web-based app that streamlines the search for financial assistance. With FundFinder, users can subscribe to email or text message alerts when funding becomes available at a charitable foundation—eliminating the need to monitor their websites. In just over a month, 4,500 people have signed up for FundFinder. We invite you explore the app today.

With the past year behind us, our commitment to connecting people with the help they need continues to guide our daily work. We look forward to serving patients together in 2019. 

Yours in service,
Dan Klein
President and CEO
2018: Our Year in Review
Last year was full of new initiatives driven by PAN's belief that out-of-pocket costs should not prevent anyone from accessing the medications they need. In 2018, we expanded the safety net for patients and strengthened advocacy on their behalf. Now that 2019 is underway, we pause to reflect on the past year. Read more.
Medicare Part D Cost-Sharing in 2019
The annual prescription drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries reset on January 1, 2019. We’ve developed a fact sheet that illustrates the new patient cost-sharing obligations for the year ahead. Learn more about Medicare Part D cost sharing.
An Artist Who Keeps Going
We are delighted to share with you a moving story we received from Maggi, a professional artist who received a grant from PAN to help cover the out-of-pocket costs of her metastatic breast cancer treatment. With PAN’s support, Maggi remains on treatment and can maintain her art studio. You can read more of Maggi’s inspiring story here.   
On the Line with Arielle: Meet PAN's Program Representatives 
In this blog series, we’re pleased to introduce you to our wonderful call center representatives who understand the financial hardships that may come with a diagnosis and are on the line, ready to offer caring and compassionate service.

Meet Arielle, a PAN Program Representative who shares with us a little about herself, her work and how she creates unforgettable connections with the people she’s helped. Read more. 
In the News
Forbes: America’s Top Charities of 2018 List
PAN was recognized as #28 on Forbes’ list of America’s Top Charities. We are so grateful to our donors for the support we receive. Learn more.

Kiplinger: How to Save on Prescription Drugs
A recent Kiplinger column shared strategies on how to reduce the cost of prescription medications—naming PAN as a top resource for co-pay assistance . Read more.

New York Times: Charity and Healthcare
In a Letter to the Editor, President and CEO Dan Klein shared our concern that safety-net programs are unable to keep up with the growing need. Far too many people are only one serious illness away from financial catastrophe.  Read the letter.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: America’s Favorite Charities List
We were honored to be named #33 on the list of America’s 100 Favorite Charities by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Read more.
PAN at Upcoming Conferences
We’re excited to attend, exhibit and speak at several conferences in the upcoming months:

PAN staff will exhibit at CBI and participate on several panels. We invite you to stop by our booth and join us for the following sessions: 

  • On 3/5: Dan Klein, President and CEO, will moderate a panel titled, "Practical Policies to Develop Internal Controls and Minimize Compliance Risk."
  • On 3/5: Ayesha Azam, Senior Director of Medical Affairs at PAN, will speak on a panel titled, “Tools to Empower Patients to Better Manage Out-Of-Pocket Costs."
  • On 3/6: Daiva Minter will join a panel called, "Join the Journey—Hear, See and Feel the Influence of Patient Assistance." She will speak first-hand about the impact of patient assistance on one's quality of life.

Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Summit: Ann Arbor, MI, March 12-13, 2019
PAN's President and CEO Dan Klein and Vice President of External Relations Amy Niles will attend the V-BID Summit. 

  • On 3/13: Dan Klein will speak on a panel about innovative approaches to finance high-cost, high-value services.

PAN will exhibit at COA; please stop by our booth if you'll be attending!

Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress : Anaheim, California, April 11-14, 2019
PAN will exhibit at the ONS Annual Congress. We look forward to connecting with you there!