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Nonprofit provides path to health services, savings

Dr. Richard Sagall at his Gloucester-based nonprofit, NeedyMeds Inc.
Dr. Richard Sagall at his Gloucester-based nonprofit, NeedyMeds Inc.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

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Navigating the health care system can be confusing, overwhelming, and frustrating, with or without insurance.

So the goal of Gloucester-based national nonprofit NeedyMeds is to provide a guiding hand through the puzzle of prescription costs, copays, deductibles, and the thousands of available assistance programs.

Through its website, help line, and physical outreach, the organization serves as a clearinghouse that provides information on — and helps connect people with — programs across the country. Its smartphone apps and drug discount card also allow people to manage and save on their medications.

“We try to cover every single type of program we can find,” said the organization’s president and cofounder, Dr. Richard Sagall. “We’re continually adding more information. Everything we know is on the site.”

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