FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Financial Assistance from The Assistance Fund Now Available for Eligible People Living with Long-Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders
ORLANDO, Fla., July 06, 2020 —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 long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders (LC-FAODs). 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.
Long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders are a group of autosomal recessive conditions that prevent the body from breaking down long-chain fatty acids into energy. Often beginning at birth, babies or infants with LC-FAODs are missing specific enzymes that break down fats in the body. Symptoms of LC-FAODs include muscle weakness, low blood sugar, and heart muscle complications. Individuals often require dietary restrictions and supplemental nutrition, along with early diagnosis.¹
“Long-chain fatty acid oxidation disorders are lifelong conditions with no cure,” said Mark P. McGreevy, President and CEO of The Assistance Fund. “Thanks to our generous donors, we are proud to provide patients and their families with financial assistance for their LC-FAODs treatment so they can focus on improving their health and quality of life.”
A list of all the programs available from The Assistance Fund can be found on the website tafcares.org.
About The Assistance Fund
The Assistance Fund 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 70 programs – each of which covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease. Since its founding in 2009, The Assistance Fund has helped nearly 125,000 adults and children access the medicines they need to stay healthy or manage a chronic condition. To learn more about The Assistance Fund, or for information on how to donate, please visit tafcares.org.
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¹ Merritt, J. L., 2nd, Norris, M., & Kanungo, S. (2018). Fatty acid oxidation disorders. Annals of translational medicine, 6(24), 473.