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Individuals who are living with a chronic illness often have large expenses to access treatments and/or the medications they need. This can be problematic some patients, but particularly for lower income patients who may run out of money to pay for these treatments and/or medications before even reaching the deductible dollar amount required for insurance coverage to kick in. Unfortunately, even with insurance, many patients with chronic illnesses find themselves in severe financial hardship. For patients coping with serious or potentially debilitating illnesses, the added financial stress is an extra burden for them and their families.
This is where a Disaster & Hardship Relief Fund can be of assistance to an individual facing a chronic illness and subsequent financial hardship. In the case of chronic illness, patients are often able to manage their illness and continue to work and live full lives, provided they have regular access to treatment. Individuals (whose hardship meets the grant criteria) could benefit by receiving a grant during a time of need and ensure they are able to continue with their treatment uninterrupted. When an organization and its team members comes together to support another member of their community, everyone wins.
Source: Morgan, D. Chronically ill facing high drug costs under U.S. health law. Feb. 28, 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/28/us-usa-healthcare-costs-idUSBREA1R08420140228