Patient Assistance

As part of our commitment to helping people with lung disease, Breathe Pennsylvania offers an income based 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 two months. 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. Breathe Pennsylvania may pay up to three months per patient for maintenance therapy.

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. 

NEBULIZERS- If a patients nebulizer is not covered by insurance, it may be provided by Breathe Pennsylvania with a prescription. Before delivery, patients are required to receive proper instruction on use from Breathe Pennsylvania staff or a referring office employee, as previously agreed upon by Breathe Pennsylvania. 

The following qualifications must be met:

  1. The patient must have a respiratory diagnosis confirmed by a healthcare worker who has agreed to work with Breathe Pennsylvania.
  2. All referrals can originate from a source where the diagnosis can be confirmed or by the patient.  

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

If you or someone you know in southwestern Pennsylvania* is suffering from a respiratory condition and might find this service helpful, call us at 724.772.1750.

*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:

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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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