The Salem News reports that Pete Frates and his family are being helped by a new program from the ALS Association that covers the uninsured cost of skilled home care for several ALS patients in Massachusetts each year.
Lynn Aaronson, the executive director of the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association, tells CBS Boston the group’s new Pete Frates Home Health Initiative was created to help ease the cost of care for ALS patients.
“This is really going to help a minimum of three and a goal of five patients in a very real way by paying most of their home health care needs,” Aaronson said. “We’re right at the tail end of being able to give out the first of our grants, and hopefully Pete will be one of those recipients. A lot of these people are friends of Peter Frates, and it is their desire that he hopefully will be one of the recipients of this grant.”
Frates’ parents have said his medical bills can reach $80,000 to $95,000 each month.
The program was a response to a survey the ALS Association sent out to patients and caregivers that showed the cost of home health care was the No. 1 problem they faced. There’s an application process and an anonymous review process to go through to qualify for funds.