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Troy Gentry helps the uninsured

Friday, March 21, 2008 – Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is taking up the issue of health care access in the U.S. by recording a public service announcement starting in May.

Gentry aligned with the Patient Advocate Foundation, a national non-profit organization providing direct case management services and health are information to patients with life-threatening, debilitating and chronic diseases each year who are unable to obtain access to health care because of financial issues or insurance denials.

The announcement will be distributed to radio and television stations throughout the country - describing the services PAF provides to uninsured and insured patients in need of help securing access to medical care.

"It's an honor to work with the Patient Advocate Foundation on an issue that is important to so many Americans," said Gentry. "Unfortunately, I know from personal experience how the complications of securing health care coverage can make an already trying time that much more difficult - it's great to be working with an organization like PAF that is able to fight successfully on patients' behalf."

In 2007, Gentry lost his mother to cancer. He was by his mother's side as she suffered through painful cancer treatments, and he helped her navigate through the health care system. Based on that experience, he offered to help others who may be facing obstacles to get the health care they need.

Over the past 12 years, PAF's expert case managers and medical professionals have helped nearly 20 million patients gain access to health care when denied coverage by their insurance provider. In 2007, more than 6.8 million people from all 50 states contacted PAF for information - approximately 44,600 of those requests requiring direct, sustained mediation from PAF. Of those 44,600 cases, 76 percent of the patients had some form of insurance, whether it was private health care, Medicare or Medicaid.

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