A Bright Future for a Neighbor in Need
April 8, 2015
With her bills piling up, single mother Maggie could not afford the anti-seizure medications she needed to maintain a high quality of life. She dreamt of a better life for her and her 6-year-old daughter, but without her medications she couldn’t hold down a job or attend school. Maggie applied for Medicaid, but the longer she waited to hear if she’d be approved, the more she worried she became about whether she’d be able to get the medicines she needed to stay healthy.
After visiting her home, Vincentian volunteers worked with Maggie and her doctors to provide her the medications she needed without charge. Maggie is now a full-time student and has a part-time job to support her and her family.
Thanks to our Prescriptions for Our Neighbors in Need program, Maggie’s dreams of becoming a nurse are finally within reach.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Prescriptions for Our Neighbors in Need program provides funds to cover medication costs for low-income families and individuals, including those without medical insurance, seniors with a gap in coverage and families on Medicaid. Vincentian volunteers provide vouchers to people in need, who give the vouchers to their physicians to fill out. The pharmaceutical company processes the vouchers, and the client receives their medications at no charge. The Society partners with LDI Integrated Pharmacy Services to provide pharmaceuticals.
Six months into fiscal year 2015, our Vincentian volunteers have seen a spike in demand for help with prescription costs among the people they serve.
In fiscal year 2015, the Society has already provided nearly 1,300 prescription medications for 410 unduplicated clients. This is a drastic increase compared to last year, when the Society provided a total 1,542 prescription medications for 739 unduplicated clients for the entire fiscal year.
A possible explanation for this increased need is Missouri’s decision to opt out of Medicare expansion. According to the Missouri Medicare Coalition, about 260,000 workers fall into a coverage gap because they do not have access to employer-based coverage through their job and only have limited income available to purchase coverage on their own.
To learn more about helping people like Maggie with their prescription drug costs, contact Emily at Emilyb@svdpstl.org.
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