was diagnosed with breast cancer and was unable to keep working and not able to
afford her medications. We used the grant to pay for her medications and helped
her get the care she needed.”
The rising cost of pharmaceuticals has been in the headlines
a lot lately. At CHAS Health, we see firsthand the impact when patients have
difficulty affording medication. Financial barriers can result in either not
purchasing a medication, or a patient will ration their medication (ie, not
take the full dose so that the medication lasts longer).
To help our patients to access necessary medications, we
have developed several prescription assistance programs.
Thanks to funding from the Idaho Community Foundation, in
2013 CHAS Latah Community Health in Moscow, Idaho, started a prescription
And, thanks to funding from the Lewis-Clark Valley
Healthcare Foundation, at the beginning of 2019 CHAS Lewis & Clark Health
Center in Lewiston, Idaho, started a prescription assistance program.
Monetary donations from local churches and individuals, as
well as ongoing grant funding, sustain these vital programs.
This year, the average cost of each prescription purchased
through these assistance programs has been $15. That may not sound like a lot
of money, but consider that patients using this program are prescribed, on
average, four prescriptions. That’s $60 ($15/prescription) every time a patient
needs to re-fill their prescriptions.
CHAS Health staff help patients to apply for pharmaceutical
company prescription assistance programs when available, and help patients to
enroll in health insurance coverage. Even with pharmaceutical company-backed
assistance programs, patients generally have to wait for enrollment to begin.
Providing prescription assistance to patients in our clinics
provides immediate relief for individuals struggling to juggle physical and
financial health. For patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions, a
consistent medication regime is critical to enable an individual to feel well,
maintain a regular work schedule, and to be able to participate in everyday
This blog post part of a special CHAS Health series for
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the collective power that individuals, communities and organizations use to
celebrate generosity and philanthropy worldwide. During the Thanksgiving
season, it is easy to get swept up in the fervor of shopping events such as
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