May 062015
 

Novant Health Sponsors NC MedAssist Luncheon to Foster Healthcare Insurance Gap Conversation

Free Pharmacy Gears Up for May Luncheon to Empower North Carolina Neighbors in Need

 Charlotte, NC (May 4, 2015) – – NC MedAssist will hold its 2015 NC MedAssist Executive Luncheon: Empowering Our Neighbors in Need, sponsored by Novant Health. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 7 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The free luncheon is open to those with the shared goal of providing access to healthcare and promoting a healthier North Carolina.

The luncheon will raise awareness of the healthcare insurance gap that still exists across Mecklenburg County and the state of North Carolina. Even with the addition of the Affordable Health Care Act, more than 360,000 North Carolinians fall into the insurance coverage gap, which is nine percent of the 4,000,000 individuals that are represented in this gap nationally.

“NC MedAssist and Novant Health’s collaborative goal is to identify those individuals who fall into the healthcare insurance gap and make sure their healthcare needs are met with our existing community resources,” stated Novant Chief Medical Officer Tom Zweng, M.D. “I am honored to serve as the keynote speaker and to lead the important discussion on educating our community on how they can help promote and support safety-net organizations like NC MedAssist.”

MedAssist is a statewide organization that is currently serving patients in 98 out of 100 counties through its Free Pharmacy Program.  Patients enroll in the program either in person at NC MedAssist or through partner enrollment sites throughout the state.  In the last fiscal year, MedAssist served 10,132 patients and dispensed 74,499 90-day prescriptions.

“We believe that no one should choose between putting food on their table and filling their doctor prescribed medications,” stated NC MedAssist Executive Director Lori Giang.  “NC MedAssist serves as a safety-net for our uninsured neighbors.  Our mission is to ensure that no eligible North Carolinian has to choose between purchasing food or medication.”

Other programming includes the Over the Counter Medicine Program.  Participants attend scheduled give away days to receive over the counter product that includes aspirin, first aid supplies, and vitamins.  On average, participants receive $80 worth of free product which is all made possible by Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina collaboration.

“Giving the community access to critical medications, both prescription and over the counter, will help improve a patient’s overall health, which in turn will lower health care cost for all stakeholders,” stated Giang.

Funds raised at the luncheon will go towards the purchase of generic prescription medications and other programming costs.  For every dollar donated, NC MedAssist will be able to dispense $10 in prescription medications back to the North Carolina community.  To donate or for more information on the Empowering our Neighbors in Need Luncheon, visit www.medassist.org.

 About NC MedAssist: Founded in 1997, NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. MedAssist offers three programs that address the needs of children and adults: the Free Pharmacy program, the Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicine program and the Senior Care program. MedAssist improves the health of chronically ill people by providing access to lifesaving medications. To learn more about NC Medassist, visit www.medassist.org, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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