Dover, NH, July 26, 2010 – Avis Goodwin Community Health Center, today announced that its Medications Assistance Program (MAP) achieved a major milestone in having distributed over three million dollars in free medications to the community.
MAP helps existing Avis Goodwin Community Health Center patients, who are at or below 200 percent of poverty level, receive medications at little or no cost. In addition to the financial benefit, the program minimizes the paperwork-intensive process required by pharmaceutical companies and arranges for prescriptions to be delivered directly to Avis Goodwin’s medical sites.
“Through MAP those in the community living significantly below poverty level are still able to gain access to medications that help them prevent and control health concerns like chronic disease and mental illness,” says Linda Jewell, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center’s MAP Coordinator. “When the health of this population is being properly cared for, the economic and wellness benefits extend to the whole community.”
Jewell added,” We are really proud that despite a tough economy, when people need assistance the most, we have been able to grow the MAP program to this level.”
Additionally, Avis Goodwin Community Health Center has purchased many frequently prescribed medications at a bulk discount. The medications are then sold to their patients at the same cost plus a $7.00 dispensing fee which is paid directly to Care Pharmacy for storing and dispensing the prescriptions. All Avis Goodwin Community Health Center primary-care patients who meet the economic criteria are eligible to for this 340B Medications Program, even those with prescription coverage.
Avis Goodwin Community Health Center is the only non-profit community health center in Strafford County, New Hampshire that focuses on providing high-quality, affordable medical, dental and mental health services for all, based on ability to pay. For more information visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org. For more information about the Medications Assistance Program at AGCHC call Linda Jewell at 603-994-6352 or ljewellagchc.org. For more information about any of AGCHC’s services, visit www.AvisGoodwinCHC.org.