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Natick VNA medication program for uninsured lauded in Boston

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  December 29, 2011 02:57 PM

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The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts has recognized the Natick Visiting Nurse Association's MetroWest Meds Program, which helps provide low-cost and free medication to patients without adequate insurance.

The recognition came at the 2011 Home Care Innovations Showcase and Star Awards in Boston earlier this month.

MetroWest Meds, one of six programs honored at the event, helps eligible uninsured and under-insured individuals receive prescription medications for a low co-payment at local pharmacies, access free medications through pharmaceutical companies, and learn more about available payment options.

The program is funded with support from the MetroWest Health Foundation and the Boston Scientific Foundation, as well as other small grants.

"Since 2004, the Natick VNA’s MetroWest Meds service has creatively assisted more than 2,500 patients and clients to meet their prescription needs and we are thrilled the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts found our program worthy of recognition,” said Natick VNA CEO Judith Boyko. “We feel it is important to support the community and are pleased to be able to help MetroWest residents through this innovative and much-needed program.”

Since the program’s inception, MetroWest Meds program has helped nearly 1,400 clients receive almost $2.5 million in free medications through pharmaceutical companies.

In order to participate in the free program, participants must be U.S. citizens or hold a Green Card and live in the MetroWest, lack prescription drug coverage, have a prescription for long-term medication, and have an income at or below the 200 percent Federal Poverty Level.

The MetroWest Meds program has also helped close to 1,300 people with other types of assistance, saving them over $630,000, and it has enrolled almost 800 clients in the MetroWest Meds Pharmacy Card, allowing them to purchase over 8,300 medications valued at $577,000 for a small co-payment.

The Pharmacy Card enables qualified applicants to purchase a 30-day supply of medication for a co-pay of $5 for generic drugs, and $10 for brand name drugs at local pharmacies.

In order to receive eligibility for the Pharmacy Card, patients must lack prescription drug coverage, be under 65 years old, possess the prescription, make wages below the 250 percent Federal Poverty Level, and reside in an appropriate MetroWest community.

Anyone interested in participating in the program can contact the program director at 508-653-3081 ext. 1115, or email mwminfo@natickvna.org.

The Natick Visiting Nurse Association, a not-for-profit home healthcare agency, has served 20 MetroWest communities for 111 years.

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