NEWPORT NEWS, VaA new organization, the National Patient Advocate
Foundation (NPAF), has been created to support bills favoring patient
access to insurance funding and encourage legislation on issues that
threaten cancer patients' coverage for evolving therapies,
therapeutic devices, or agents prescribed by their treating physicians.
Founding executive director Nancy Davenport-Ennis, a breast cancer
survivor, said that the NPAF was instrumental in the passage of
California Assembly Bill 1663, recently signed into law by Governor
Pete Wilson. This bill outlines specific criteria for patient appeals
when an HMO denies coverage.