Health—General & Rehabilitative

NC MedAssist

  • Charlotte, NC
  • www.medassist.org

Mission Statement

NC MedAssist’s mission is to assist low-income, uninsured North Carolina residents by operating a licensed pharmacy that provides free medications, healthcare advocacy and related educational

services. NC MedAssist seeks to improve the health and lives of low-income individuals familiesby providing free medications and high quality pharmaceutical services to the uninsured.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Community Pharmacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

NC MedAssist serves qualifying residents anywhere in North Carolina.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Lori Giang

Keywords

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prescriptions, medication, pharmacy, free medicine, patient assistance program

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Also Known As

NC MedAssist

EIN

56-2018957

 Number

6221273065

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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By providing access to prescription medication through our Community Pharmacy Program, NC MedAssist is committed to improving the health of its clients. This is accomplished by reducing dependency on the emergency room for care of a chronic illness and increasing clients’ compliance with their physician’s orders for medication therapy. It is very typical for clients to arrive to MedAssist having taken their medications irregularly, if at all. The high cost of medications is the number one reason the uninsured do not take their medications as prescribed. Without NC MedAssist, clients have to choose between medications or groceries. For clients to improve their health, NC MedAssist works to change their behavior by providing them with necessary medications and pharmacist consultations for proper medication management. 

 

NC MedAssist is able to accomplish its goal of changing behavior and improving health for the uninsured by supplying them with life-saving medications. Because of the Patient Assistance Program (PAP), we are able to provide $8 worth of free medication for every dollar donated. NC MedAssist works with over 40 pharmaceutical companies to provide in-kind medications to the low-income and uninsured. 
 

The program defines success as 90% of clients reporting the following outcomes: less anxiety about affording medications, reduced visits to the ER or hospitalizations due to their chronic illness and increased compliance with taking their medications as prescribed by their physician. These results are measured through a self-administered pre and post survey from the client. Surveys are given at the time of enrollment and annually thereafter. The surveys are collected and professionally analyzed.  Our most recent surveys showed that 98% of clients have less anxiety about obtaining their medications, 95% are more compliant with taking their medications, 95% have fewer visits to the ER and 94% have fewer hospitalizations because of access to medications needed to maintain their chronic disease.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

MedAssist of Mecklenburg's programs include educational workshops for our clients and couseling on medications. Most of our efforts revolve around accessing free prescription medications from Patients Assistance Programs run by major pharmaceutical companies to give to our clients who cannot afford to pay for them out of pocket.

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Program 2

Community Pharmacy

NC MedAssist operates a licensed pharmacy that provides free prescription medication to low-income, uninsured residents across North Carolina.  This is accomplished by partnering with free clinics and other service organizations so they can refer their clients to us.  We also serve clients referred from DSS, health departments, physician's offices, emergency rooms and self-referals who may have heard about us through word of mouth.  Providing access to life-saving medications lowers dependency on the emergency room as a medical home and increases health outcomes to remain working and paying bills.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

NC MedAssist serves qualifying residents anywhere in North Carolina.

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Funding Needs

Project HELP NC (Help Empower Local People)   By giving to Project HELP NC, you will enable MedAssist to serve all 100 counties in NC, add additional free clinic partners and ultimately reach our goal of adding 12,000 new individuals and dispensing 140,000 prescriptions in 2011.   Your investment of $5,000 or more provides: Prescription medications for low-income, unisured families Information for schools to ensure children are not going without needed medications Unbiased information by a Medicare speciaist for seniors who need a Part D plan More points of entry and enrollment sites for better access to the uninsured Increased capacity for shipping medications to more clients Your Return On Investment: Each $1donated translates to $8 of medications dispensed 90% of your gift goes to directly client services 95% of clients having fewer emergency room/hospital visits Saving the life of someone in need You Can Help Empower Local People to Live a Better Life!

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Financials

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MedAssist of Mecklenburg
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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NC MedAssist

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Lori Giang

BIO

Lori Giang earned her Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and went on to recieve her Master's in Business Administration from Queens University of Charlotte.  She has a professional background in nursing home administration and has served as Executive Director of the Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry before assuming the role of Executive Director at NC MedAssist.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

""Because of the community's financial support, MedAssist has saved thousands of lives.  And in doing so we prevent unreimbursed hospital costs that occur when our friend with diabetes goes without medication, or when our neighbor with asthma has no inhaler.  This is why our program is so important, preventing a diabetic amputation or stroke lowers healthcare costs and lowers it for all of us."

Lori Giang, Exeuctive Director of NC MedAssist"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mark G. Stephens

Pfizer

Term: July 2010 - June 2011

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