New HealthWell Foundation Fund Offers Financial Assistance to Individuals Living with Hyperoxaluria
GERMANTOWN, Md., Nov. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The HealthWell Foundation®, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, has opened a new fund to provide copayment and premium assistance to patients living with hyperoxaluria. Through the fund, HealthWell will provide up to $8,000 in financial assistance for a 12-month grant period to eligible patients who have annual household incomes up to 500 percent of the federal poverty level.
There are two forms of hyperoxaluria:
Abnormal production and accumulation of oxalate can lead to recurrent kidney stones, nephrocalcinosis and chronic kidney disease. Over time, the buildup of oxalate in the kidneys can lead to kidney failure. As kidney function worsens, the kidneys are no longer able to eliminate oxalate and oxalate crystals form throughout the body. The damage happens at different rates in different people and it can be permanent, this is called oxalosis. The deposits can occur in multiple organs in the body, including the eyes, bones, skin and heart. In some cases, hyperoxaluria can result in the need for kidney transplantation or a dual liver-kidney transplant. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to the long-term health of the kidneys.
"Hyperoxaluria is a group of rare diseases that require life-long medical treatments. For many living with the disease, treatment options may be unattainable due to cost, which can ultimately lead to an irreversible, potentially life-threatening, situation for the patient," said Kim Hollander, Executive Director, Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation. "We are honored to partner with the HealthWell Foundation to spread the word about the new fund and to be able to share this critical financial resource with our community."
"People living with hyperoxaluria can have painful, debilitating symptoms. Diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical factors for maintaining good kidney health and, for some, these treatments may represent a tremendous financial hardship," said Krista Zodet, HealthWell Foundation President. "Thanks to the support of our donors, we are now able to offer a financial lifeline to people living with hyperoxaluria so they can access critical medical treatments to allow them to concentrate on managing their condition and not the cost of their care."
To determine eligibility and apply for financial assistance, visit HealthWell's Hyperoxaluria Fund page. To learn how you can support this or other HealthWell programs, visit HealthWellFoundation.org.
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