Heart Failure Health Equity Fund

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Health equity identified

This fund has been developed in response to patients who have contacted PAF for help with their medication expenses and could not find help. While this fund has been fully designed and we are ready to provide needed support to these patient communities, this fund is not yet able to accept applications for assistance as we are still working to secure charitable donations that will allow us to open it.

If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute to this fund, please visit our Donors page for more information on how to provide critical support for patients in need.

Fund Type

Co-Pay, Co-insurance & Deductible (medications and office visits), Medical Insurance Premiums

Maximum Award Level

$1,500 Per Year

Eligibility Requirements
  • Household Income Requirements 300% or less of Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) (adjusted for Cost of Living Index (COLI) and number in household)
  • Insurance Requirements Medicare, Medicaid, or Military Benefits
  • Residency RequirementsMust reside in an eligible county
    Must receive treatment in the United States
    Is my zip code eligible for Health Equity Funds?

About Heart Failure Health Equity Fund

Heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition that affects the pumping power of the heart muscle, leading to an inability to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body’s cells. There are two types of left-sided heart failure (most common): The first is Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, or systolic failure (HFrEF), this occurs when the heart is unable to contract normally and the heart cannot push enough blood into circulation. The second type is Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, or diastolic failure (HFpEF), this occurs when the left ventricle loses its ability to relax normally, and can’t fill with blood during the resting period. In right-sided heart failure, the right ventricle loses its pumping function, causing blood to back up in the venous system, producing congestion in the body’s tissues. This causes swelling (edema) in the lungs, legs, ankles, around the eyes and swelling in the abdomen and liver (ascites). This is often seen following left sided heart failure. Congestive heart failure (CHF) occurs when the left side of the heart is unable to pump an adequate amount of oxygenated blood through the arteries due to weakness, which delays the return of oxygen-depleted blood from the veins. This process causes congestion in the body’s tissues, resulting in edema in the lungs (pulmonary edema), abdomen, liver and lower body. There are four stages of CHF that range in severity depending on classification systems from Class 1 or A – don’t experience any symptoms to Class IV or D – being unable to perform any physical activity without symptoms.

Our Health Equity Funds were developed to get assistance to those people and places who need it the most. Developed using the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) and CDC Disease Incidence data, our Health Equity Funds serve people living in 220 counties across the United States that have been identified by the CDC as having the highest social vulnerability scores and are burdened with high rates of chronic diseases. The Health Equity Funds are designed to specifically provide support to eligible patients living in one of the 220 counties covered by the funds, which is verified using the zip code of the patient’s home address. All other eligibility requirements, and fund operation, are the same as our general funds.

Heart Failure Health Equity Fund Resources
Medication & Financial Assistance Resources
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