Disease, Disorders, Medical Disciplines

ASSISTANCE FUND INC

aka TAF and The Assistance Fund

Orlando, FL

Mission

To provide critically or chronically ill individuals with access to advanced therapies through a continuum of services and programs, including education and financial aid. We envision the day when no person goes without medication due to an inability to pay.

Ruling Year

2009

Executive Director

Mr. Mark McGreevy

Main Address

4700 Millenia Blvd Suite 410

Orlando, FL 32839 USA

Keywords

Co-Pay Assistance; Chronic Disease; Biotech Therapy; Medication Assistance; Prescription Assistance, Health Insurance Premium Assistance

EIN

27-0270731

 Number

7455341056

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (E01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

When a doctor prescribes a medication to a patient, nothing should stand in the way of the patient receiving that medication. Removing barriers to medication access is the work of The Assistance Fund, an independent charitable patient assistance foundation. We help patients and families who have been diagnosed with specific chronic or critical diseases by providing financial assistance for their co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles and other health-related expenses.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Multiple Sclerosis Copay Assistance Program

Multiple Sclerosis Health Insurance Premium, Travel & Incidental Assistance Program

Parkinson's Copay Assistance Program

Cystic Fibrosis Copay & Administration Assistance Program

Clostridium Difficile Associated Diarrhea Copay Assistance Program

Hereditary Angioedema Financial Assistance Program

Juvenile Arthritis Copay Assistance Program

Melanoma Copay Assistance Program

Neuroendocrine Tumors Copay Assistance Program

Parathyroid Disease Financial Assistance Program

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Copay Assistance Program

Ankylosing Spondylitis Copay Assistance Program

Hepatitis C Copay Assistance Program

Skin & Skin Structure Infections Copay Assistance

Nephrotic Syndrome Copay Assistance Program

Infantile Spasms Copay Assistance Program

Myositis Copay Assistance Program

Ulcerative Colitis Copay Assistance Program

Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Copay Assistance

Psoriasis Copay Assistance

Psoriatic Arthritis Copay Assistance

Rheumatoid Arthritis Copay Assistance

Breast Cancer Copay Assistance Program

Renal Cell Carcinoma Copay Assistance

Iron Deficiency Anemia Copay Assistance

Sarcoidosis Copay Assistance

Uveitis Copay Assistance

Crohn's Copay Assistance

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Assistance Fund's four principal goals are:
1) Increase and diversify funding sources.
2) Increase the number of new patients and increase retention levels.
3) Expand program base while continuing to promote program integrity, accountability, and transparency.
4) Be the pre-eminent organization for patient financial assistance programs while strengthening partnerships among all stakeholders to increase awareness in the communities we serve.

The Assistance Fund is committed to helping patients who struggle with paying for their chronic illness medication. Since our 2009 inception, the Assistance Fund has assisted more than 73,000 patients with $320 million in charitable contributions. We constantly search for new ways to help our patients afford their medication.

We are committed to being patient-centered and making it a quality benchmark to deliver dignified assistance to grow our patient satisfaction.

The Assistance Fund continues to challenge itself to be the best at providing patients access to medications. It is our continued journey and vision to build healthier minds and communities across the United States.

Our programs make access a reality by placing us at the forefront of taking care of patients. Through our advancements, we are dedicated to increase speed-to-service and delivery while ensuring that the highest percentage of donations go to patient care. Our processes helps us to remove financial obstacles faced by families and to streamline access to their medications.

We value and care about each other, operate with a generosity of spirit and commitment, and have fun in the process of working together. To maximize our collective impact, we inspire, challenge, and support each other to be our best and sustain our effort.

Patient Satisfaction Assessment A “Patient Survey" is conducted three times a year to establish how patients use our services, the referral source, and their overall experience with The Assistance Fund. Current patients are contacted through email and asked a series of questions. An example of this survey is as follows: ▪Have you ever referred someone to The Assistance Fund? ▪Have you spoken with your physician or pharmacy about The Assistance Fund? ▪How informative was The Assistance Fund in helping you identify other resources, including access to your medications? ▪Would you like to receive updates via text messages from The Assistance Fund? Assessment Questionnaire At the completion of each patient's program, an assessment/questionnaire is sent to evaluate and acknowledge that the patient's needs are being met, and provide us with information to better serve our patients. A copy of this questionnaire is provided for your review.

In the last few years, The Assistance Fund has added a minimum of 30 new programs to its growing portfolio of services. We also reduced our operating costs and now dedicate a minimum of $0.93 of each dollar raised directly to our patients needs. Additionally, we added a National Medical Advisory Board, so that we can continue to offer the best possible services and assistance to our patients, while remaining on the cutting edge of technology and being the best stewards of our donors' monies.

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Financials

ASSISTANCE FUND INC

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff and Full-Time Staff.

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Volunteers.

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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