About National Patient Advocate Foundation
At the same time that our founder, Nancy Davenport-Ennis realized that an organization was needed to aid patients with the complex situations they face, she also realized that the key to lasting change was to advocate for changes to healthcare laws that create these situations in the first place.
Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation are frequently assumed to be synonymous, but in actuality they have very different missions and services. PAF serves patients one at a time, and NPAF serves patients as a collective group, including those who will become patients during their lifetime.
What's the difference between NPAF and PAF?
Patient Advocate Foundation and National Patient Advocate Foundation share an important history of inception and many shared patient-focused goals, however, are separate operating organizations.
Patient Advocate Foundation provides professional case management services at no cost to individuals from any area of the United States, that are confronting healthcare access issues, medical debt crisis, and job retention problems caused by a chronic, life-threatening, or debilitating diagnosis. PAF's national headquarters is based in Hampton, VA with offices in California, Iowa, and Georgia.
National Patient Advocate Foundation advocates at federal and state levels for health policy reforms that will help prevent the problems experienced by individuals who turn to Patient Advocate Foundation for help. NPAF is based in Washington, DC, and includes a network of volunteers throughout the U.S.
Nancy Davenport-Ennis, Founder of Patient Advocate Foundation personally became involved in legislative reform on behalf of cancer patients while a dear friend of hers, Cheryl Grimmel, was battling breast cancer and her insurance company. As Cheryl valiantly fought her fight, the Virginia Task Force for Insurance Reform fought to reform insurance coverage for cancer patients. Victory for the task force came with the passage of Virginia House Bill 240 sponsored by Delegate Mary Christian in 1994.
Cheryl lost her battle with breast cancer in December 1994, and on the night of her funeral, as the rest of the world was ringing in the New Year, Nancy and Jack Ennis wrote business plans for National Patient Advocate Foundation and Patient Advocate Foundation. Cheryl's inspiration lives on in each initiative in which NPAF is involved as it seeks to provide avenues of access to insurance funding for evolving cancer therapies, therapeutic agents and devices deemed medically efficacious by the medical and scientific communities through legislative reform.
Born of two, NPAF and PAF continue to serve as independent organizations working to help patients. At the helm are an Executive Board, Scientific Board, and Honorary Board, and supporting it all are our Partners in Progress.
Mission of NPAF
The National Patient Advocate Foundation's Federal Division is based in Washington, DC and works to promote sound policy solutions in support of the patients served by PAF in the US Congress and with the White House and executive agencies such as the US Department of Health and Human Services. The NPAF State Advocacy and Community Outreach Division are based in both Washington, DC as well as various locations across the US. The SACO Division engages in advocacy with state legislatures and state executive agencies, as well as in the coordination of all NPAF volunteer activities in fifty states and the District of Columbia. Both divisions work closely with coalitions and other advocacy partners dedicated to the support of patients through the policy making process. To learn more about National Patient Advocate Foundation, visit www.npaf.org or call (202) 347-8009.