FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2019
The clinic has accessed more than $30 million worth of free medication and provided approximately 140,000 prescriptions to low-income, uninsured Virginians with the help of nonprofit Rx Partnership and the financial support of the Mary Washington Hospital and other funders
Fredericksburg, Va.—Rx Partnership, a public/private partnership established to increase access to medication for uninsured Virginians, was recently awarded a grant from the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital to support medication access at the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic. Since 2004, the ongoing relationship between Rx Partnership (RxP) and Moss Clinic has resulted in over $30 million worth of free medication treating a variety of chronic conditions to area residents. Lloyd Moss Free Clinic dispenses the most RxP medications of all partnering affiliate clinics throughout Virginia.
A representative from Lloyd Moss Free Clinic about the availability of Rx Partnership medications: “We have had several patients who did not have access to certain medications before coming to the Moss Free clinic where they gained access to RxP medications. One patient had a hard time with controlling COPD symptoms. Both maintenance and rescue inhalers were difficult or impossible to get even when the patient had insurance because of high copays, prior authorizations, etc. With consistent access to Advair and Ventolin our patient was able to control symptoms, breath again, and stay out of the emergency room!”
The financial grant support provided by the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund of Mary Washington Hospital Foundation not only increases access to important and lifesaving brand medication for approximately 1,200 residents of the greater Fredericksburg area but also supports the newest medication access initiative, the Access to Medication Program or AMP. AMP provides critically-needed generic medications to low-income, uninsured patients at free clinics and community health centers without in-house pharmacies. The Lloyd Moss Free Clinic’s pharmacy supports this program by filling and shipping prescriptions to participating clinics across the Commonwealth.
By providing access to the most-needed generic drugs, Rx Partnership aims to reduce the facilities’ overall spend on medication, increase the fill rate for patients and, ultimately, improve health outcomes for people who cannot afford the rising costs of medications to manage chronic conditions. Last year, AMP was able to help 930 patients with 6,269 prescriptions in the Fredericksburg area. Overall, Lloyd Moss Free Clinic filled and shipped over 21,000 prescriptions to nearly 3,500 patients to six other free clinics in Virginia.
“Rx Partnership created AMP to alleviate the financial burden that generic medications can create for both clinics and patients,” said Amy Yarcich, executive director of Rx Partnership. “With Lloyd Moss Free Clinic’s commitment and help from our financial supporters, thousands of vulnerable patients who otherwise would be unable to afford their prescriptions have access to vital medications that manage their chronic conditions not only in Fredericksburg but across the Commonwealth.”
About Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic
The Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic provides vital health care services to a diverse mix of residents of Fredericksburg, as well as Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties who share the common need for access to affordable, comprehensive health care. Founded in 1993, the Clinic is recognized as in integral part of the health care system in the Fredericksburg region. The Clinic is a privately operated non-profit organization deeply rooted in our community and governed by local citizens and leaders representing a cross-section of our area. For more information, visit www.MossFreeClinic.org.
About Rx Partnership
Founded in 2003, Rx Partnership is an innovative public-private partnership created to increase access to free prescription medications for Virginia’s vulnerable populations by obtaining donated medication in bulk from pharmaceutical companies and arranging for distribution directly to nonprofit, licensed affiliate pharmacies that it credentials and monitors. The organization has helped more than 75,000 patients have received 701,000 prescription medications valued at over $175 million since its inception. Rx Partnership launched a new program in April 2017 called the Access to Medication Program (AMP) to address the current challenges of procuring generic medications for low-income, uninsured patients. For more information, visit www.RxPartnership.org.
About the Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund and the Mary Washington Hospital Foundation
Mary Washington Healthcare has been serving its communities since 1889 by providing health promotion and prevention services. Mary Washington Healthcare’s commitment and leadership in investing in the health of the communities is focused on the following areas: improving access to healthcare services; enhancing health of the community; advancing medical or health knowledge; and relieving or reducing the burden of government or other nonprofit community efforts. The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation was created in 1988 to raise funds for Mary Washington Hospital and its affiliates. The foundation supports the healthcare needs of the citizens of Fredericksburg and its surrounding communities. The Joe and Mary Wilson Community Benefit Fund was established in 1993 as a way to address a wide range of health issues. The Fund provides grants to local nonprofit organizations once a year. Our history of grant funding to date totals more than $9 million. The mission of the fund is to provide financial resources to organizations that improve the community’s general health status, contain growing healthcare costs, or to improve access for the poor and other medically underserved people. For more information, visit, http://www.marywashingtonhealthcare.com/mwh-a-sh-foundations/foundations