Patient Assistance

As part of our commitment to helping people with lung disease, Breathe Pennsylvania offers a patient assistance program for respiratory patients with an immediate need for medication, pulmonary rehabilitation or an air-conditioned environment.

Some of the assistance provided through the program includes:

MEDICATION – Breathe Pennsylvania will pay (to pharmacy only) up to $300 per patient per month for respiratory medications. The assistance period lasts for a maximum of three months, and the patient must reapply each month. The patient’s physician must try to find a suitable replacement for medications off formulary before the pharmacy is reimbursed. The patient will be notified when medication is being sent.

AIR CONDITIONERS – A single-room window air conditioner is provided through referral from a physician’s office or a program that can verify a patient’s diagnosis, such as a day care center, pulmonary rehab or school.

PULMONARY REHAB – Breathe Pennsylvania will negotiate with the rehab facility for the terms of payment of the patient’s co-pay for up to six weeks of rehab (at three sessions/per week/per patient) or $100, whichever comes first and/or maintenance program. Breathe Pennsylvania may pay up to three months per patient for maintenance treatments.

SPACERS AND PEAK FLOW METERS – Free spacers and peak flow meters will be provided to patients; however, these will only be provided after the patient completes an education session with Breathe Pennsylvania, lasting approximately one hour. A prescription must be provided to Breathe Pennsylvania for the spacer, but is not required for a peak flow meter.

TABLETOP NEBULIZERS –If a patient’s nebulizer isn’t covered by insurance, it may be provided by Breathe Pennsylvania with a prescription. Before delivery of a tabletop nebulizer, patients are required to receive proper instruction on use from Breathe Pennsylvania staff or a referring office employee, as previously agreed upon.

PORTABLE NEBULIZERS – Portable nebulizers can be provided only to ventilator patients (or with approval from Breathe Pennsylvania’s Clinical Director) for traveling purposes, and come with two nebulizer kits and a power cord, carrying bag and car charger.

Before Breathe Pennsylvania can assist a patient, the following qualifications must be met:

  1. The patient must have a respiratory diagnosis confirmed by a physician, case worker, discharge planner, etc., who has agreed to work with Breathe Pennsylvania.
  2. All referrals must originate from the physician, hospital, rehab facility, or other source where the diagnosis can be confirmed. Patients can’t begin the application process on their own.

All referrals will be treated on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Breathe Pennsylvania’s Clinical Director.

If you or someone you know in southwestern Pennsylvania* is suffering from a respiratory condition and might find this service helpful, call us at 1-800-220-1990.

*Service area includes Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Read what people in the community have to say about our Patient Assistance Program:

Jolie M.
Bruce S.

For more information about the Patient Assistance program, contact:
Marianne Drevna BS, LRCP
Director of Adult Lung Health Education and Programs
mdrevna@breathepa.org
724-772-1750

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