OCALA, Fla. – Salute the Ribbon, Incorporated received a favorable Advisory Opinion from the Ofﬁce of the Inspector General (OIG)’s Health & Human Services division on December 28, 2015.
“We are a game-changer. We aim to relieve people affected by chronic medical illnesses who have ﬁnancial limitations,” says Rena Day, CEO and founder of Salute the Ribbon, Incorporated’s all-inclusive Patient Assistance Program, established in 2014.
“The Salute the Ribbon Cancer Care Relief Fund Program is not restricted to any speciﬁc type of cancer,” Day explains of the ground-breaking programs. “We are opening doors that have been locked for far too long. Currently, many people with different forms of cancer, chronic kidney disease, and iron deficiency anemia face a burden in ﬁnding co-pay assistance. We want to offer financial assistance to any patient who demonstrates financial limitations with any type of cancer, chronic kidney disease (non-dialysis), or iron deﬁciency anemia, who is undergoing treatment. I know and work with the people whose lives will change. It’s a new day.”
Salute the Ribbon’s Supportive Care Program is the ﬁrst of its kind to offer ﬁnancial assistance to patients with non-dialysis chronic kidney disease and iron deﬁciency anemia. The organization’s programs assist patients who demonstrate financial limitations with expenses for outpatient prescription drugs covered by Medicare, Medicare Part B, Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage), and Medicare Part D, Medicaid, or by a commercial payor to treat cancer, chronic kidney disease, and iron deﬁciency.
Day, who worked previously with the Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, has over a decade of experience in the Hematology & Oncology sector. Over the years, Day has fought alongside patients who had an inability to pay for chemotherapy and treatments for chronic kidney disease and iron deﬁciency anemia. As a result, Salute the Ribbon took care to align its programs to meet the needs of patients who face financial barriers for proper treatment needed to improve their quality of life due to the inability to pay for lifesaving health care services.
The organization strictly follows the guidance of the Ofﬁce of the Inspector General (OIG) Supplemental Special Advisory Bulletin for Independent Charity Patient Assistance Programs. “Now that we have the green light from the OIG, it is time to restore these communities, the workforce, and offer some relief to public and emergency health facilities,” says Day.
Salute the Ribbon, under founder Rena Day, will open its programs to the public in late March 2016. Request more information at email@example.com.
Salute the Ribbon, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-proﬁt organization.
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