What programs do you offer?
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.
Who can access your programs?
NC MedAssist is a statewide non-profit pharmacy that provides free prescription medicines to low-income, uninsured North Carolinians. We serve 97 of the 99 counties in North Carolina.
How do you receive referrals?
NC MedAssist collaborates with hospitals, doctor’s offices, free healthcare clinics and health departments to provide access to free lifesaving medicine.
Is NC MedAssist necessary after the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
Yes, many residents will not be able to afford the insurance premiums and will have to opt-out. The ACA does have an opt-out clause if insurance premiums are not affordable. If health insurance premiums for an individual are more than 8% of the person’s gross income, then that individual can opt-out of purchasing a policy without incurring a penalty.
Example: Based on the 2014 Income Guidelines chart below, a person earning 200%of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or $23,980 annually would have to find an insurance policy for less $149 a month. Most insurance policies start well above this amount.
2014 Income Guidelines – 200% of Federal Poverty Level
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Is NC MedAssist affected by the State Medicaid program?
Yes, North Carolina has chosen not to expand Medicaid to include people making 138% of the FPL, so these individuals will remain uninsured and will be forced to find a resource to obtain prescription medicine.