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Florida Charity Helps People Afford Drug Co-Pays
Orlando Sentinel/The Washington Post reports on the Assistance Fund, "a national charity that covers pricey prescription-drug costs for those who have insurance but can't afford their co-pay." The charity was started by pharmacy executive Edward Hensley and partner Jeff Spafford, in Florida. "While drug companies typically have their own patient-assistance programs for the uninsured, options for the insured are more limited. The Assistance Fund helps patients who earn up to seven times the federal poverty standard - [the poverty standard is] $22,050 for a family of four - so even those who are solidly middle-class can qualify. And unlike other programs that can take more than a month to approve aid, The Assistance Fund can approve an application within hours" (Santich, 11/2).
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