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Program Helping with Costly Medications for Patients

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A program is in place to help thousands of people who may not be able to afford important prescriptions. The program has been in place for two and a half years and this year, its expanding.
Patients that don't have treatment of high blood pressure can have a result in strokes and heart attacks due to that lack of treatment.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A program is in place to help thousands of people who may not be able to afford important prescriptions. The program has been in place for two and a half years and this year, its expanding.

"I think this has netted about 24 million dollars in retail value of medications for 4,000 patients over two and a half years," says Dr. Dominc Meldi, from Mercy Hospital. 

Dr. Dominic Meldi is talking about the Community Medication Access Program, or CMAP. 

"The goal of the project was to link needy patients up with the resources they need to obtain medications."
 
The program is hosted by Mercy Hospital, Cox Health, Jordan Valley and the Kitchen Clinic. It provides help for many patients that go without important prescriptions they may need.  

"We know there are an abundant number of patients that have medical conditions that go untreated because patients can't afford their medications," says Meldi.  

He says there is a certain criteria they must meet in order to be accepted to the program. 

"There's a financial criteria that the patients have to be, they have to have an income under 200 percent of the poverty level, they can't have alternative prescription medication coverage."

He says the program can make a life or death difference to a patient. 

"Patients that don't have treatment of high blood pressure can have a result in strokes and heart attacks due to that lack of treatment."
 
The program has helped patients in Greene County for more than two years. Now, they are expanding to 18 different counties where Cox Health and Mercy provide service. 

"For the community, its an example of what benefit can come to the community when the provider organizations can work together to a common goal."
 
If you are interested in applying, contact your provider or call 417-820-9290 or toll free 877-480-6900.
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