ORLANDO, Fla., January 10, 2022 (Newswire.com) - The Assistance Fund, an independent charitable patient-assistance organization that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs, today announced the launch of a new financial assistance program for people living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The program is designed to help eligible individuals pay for their out-of-pocket medical costs for treatment, such as copayments, health insurance premiums, and incidental medical expenses related to the condition.
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease impacting more than 20,000 people and their families. The signs and symptoms of ALS are different for each person, making it difficult to diagnose. ALS targets and kills motor neurons, leading to muscle weakness, an inability to speak, and paralysis. Some individuals experience difficulty walking or clumsiness; others experience cramps or inappropriate yawning. While there is no known cure, advancements in treatment slow the disease and improve patients' quality of life.
"Today we're able to take a significant step toward alleviating the financial burden people living with ALS face," said Mark P. McGreevy, President and CEO of The Assistance Fund. "Too many patients and their loved ones are unable to afford the expensive cost of care. I'm grateful to our generous donors for making our Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Financial Assistance Program possible."
To learn more or determine eligibility for financial support, visit tafcares.org or call (833) 570-2579 to speak with a Patient Advocate.
A list of all the disease programs available from The Assistance Fund can be found on the website tafcares.org.
About The Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund (TAF) is an independent charitable patient assistance organization that helps patients and families facing high medical out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their copayments, coinsurance, deductibles, and other health-related expenses. The Assistance Fund currently manages more than 70 disease programs, each of which covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease. Since its founding in 2009, TAF has helped more than 160,000 children and adults access the treatment they need to stay healthy or manage a life-threatening, chronic, or rare disease. To learn more about The Assistance Fund, or for information on how to donate, please visit tafcares.org.
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 "What is ALS?" The ALS Association. (January 4, 2022) Retrieved from: https://www.als.org/understanding-als/what-is-als.
 "Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)." Mayo Clinic. (January 4, 2022) Retrieved from: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20354022.
Source: The Assistance Fund (TAF)