Assistance Fund Opens Co-Pay Program for Myasthenia Gravis Patients

Assistance Fund Opens Co-Pay Program for Myasthenia Gravis Patients

The Assistance Fund recently launched a program to provide financial support to patients with myasthenia gravis (MG).

The Assistance Fund is a charity foundation that assists patients and their families by helping them meet the financial needs associated with treatment expenses.

Currently managing more than 30 disease-specific funds, The Assistance Fund will help MG patients pay out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with treatment, including premiums, deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance and incidental medical expenses through a new MG-specific fund.

Each disease-specific fund covers U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved medications.

For diseases like MG, medications can make a significant difference. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), up to 20 percent of MG patients experience one or more myasthenic crises in their lives. MG affects men and women equally and there is no known cure. However, existing therapies have been found to improve quality of life considerably, for both patients and their families — if they can afford it.

“Highly effective treatment options for myasthenia gravis are available, allowing individuals with the condition to lead full and relatively comfortable lives,” Mark P. McGreevy, president of The Assistance Fund, said in a press release. “However, these therapies can be a significant expense for families. We are excited to provide much-needed financial support through our new myasthenia gravis fund so that patients can access treatments and improve their quality of life.”

“Perhaps there is nothing more frustrating for patients with a life-altering disease like myasthenia gravis (MG) than knowing that there are treatments that can help, but not being able to afford them,” added Nancy Law, CEO for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) who has lived with MG herself for more than two decades. “We at MGFA are grateful that The Assistance Fund will be able to help many patients with copays, deductibles, health insurance premiums and other medical expenses — allowing them to pursue optimal care without undue financial burden.”

MG is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness after periods of activity. Muscles affected may include those controlling the eyes and eyelids, facial expressions or breathing.

To learn more about eligibility criteria to receive financial support, call (855) 845-7608 to speak with a patient advocate, or visit tafcares.org.

Margarida graduated with a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Lisbon and a MSc in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL). She worked as a molecular biologist research associate at a Cambridge UK-based biotech company that discovers and develops therapeutic, fully human monoclonal antibodies.
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Margarida graduated with a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Lisbon and a MSc in Biotechnology from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST-UL). She worked as a molecular biologist research associate at a Cambridge UK-based biotech company that discovers and develops therapeutic, fully human monoclonal antibodies.
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4 comments

  1. Nancy says:

    need financial assistance for the cost IVIG…currently on Security Blue HMO cost $280.00 a month and on Medicare…my current out of pocket expense for IVIG is $600.00 per treatment…I am 80 years of age and cannot afford this…primary care-giver for my 82 year old stroke patient husband…

  2. BALAMURUGAN.R says:

    I AM BALAMURUGAN.R
    I AM IN INDIA(TAMILNADU)
    I spend money for daily tablet for myasthienia gravis
    please help me for this dieaese
    i need money for monthly Rs.10000
    I ATE DAILY DISTINON TABLET AND VITAMIN TABLET ALSO
    THIS IS MY CHILDHOOD PROBLEM

  3. Felix Bocanegra Jr says:

    The Assistance Fund does not provide assistance for IVIG treatment for Myasthenia Gravis as it is not an official FDA approved treatment for MG. HUGE FYI this is not clear on their website nor in the information that is sent out. I signed up and when spoke to representative specifically mentioned I was applying specifically for IVIG co pay for 1 treatment (the rest would be paid for by insurance due to out of pocket max attainment for the rest of the year) and the claim was denied. IVIG is my only treatment option for MG – all other options are not available to me due to a separate health condition I also have. I had looked up FDA treatment options and there is conflicting information about IVIG being approved for MG or not. Lesson learned about just looking information up at the direct source (FDA.com), which is not user friendly at all. I’m still trying to find the approved drugs and treatments for MG. There is no simple way to find that information it seems…

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