SOURCE: NC MedAssist

NC MedAssist

November 16, 2010 11:38 ET

NC MedAssist Eliminates the Choice Between Food or Medicine for Low-Income Uninsured in NC

New Location Expands Capacity to Serve Neighbors in Need

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - Thanksgiving means food and family for many fortunate North Carolinians, but for many others it's another day to choose between buying food or their needed medicines. NC MedAssist, a statewide free pharmacy program, eliminates that choice by providing medicine and hope to our neighbors in need.

NC MedAssist moved into new headquarters last week, giving them twice the pharmacy space and the ability to serve more clients across the state.

"We're expecting a 60 percent increase in demand next year," says Lori Giang, executive director for MedAssist. "But we have the capacity to serve many more. I encourage anyone in North Carolina who is uninsured and can't afford their medicines to call us."

North Carolinians who are low-income and uninsured can apply for the free pharmacy program by calling MedAssist at 1-866-331-1348 or by going on-line to www.medassist.org/enroll-now

There are nearly 1.1 million low-income, uninsured people in North Carolina, according to the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. And North Carolina is projected to still have one million uninsured by the end of 2014 after health reform is implemented, according to the UNC School of Public Health.

MedAssist clients like Mike Tickle of Rowan County say they are immensely thankful for the program. "I sat down and cried when I found out I could get my medicines from MedAssist. It was such a weight off my shoulders that I wasn't going to have to choose any more between heat or food or medicine. Now I can sleep at night. I feel so much better, physically and mentally. I tell everyone I meet about MedAssist. If you know someone who needs medicine, please tell them about MedAssist. If you're in a position to give, please help support it."

Since expanding from a local Mecklenburg County organization to a statewide program in 2009, NC MedAssist has helped low-income, uninsured North Carolinians in 79 counties to manage chronic health conditions and acute illnesses by helping them get their needed medicines.

This expansion was made possible through a partnership with the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics. But starting in 2012, NC MedAssist will operate independently -- and will need to raise an estimated $1.5 million annually to continue to serve our neighbors in need across the state.

To donate, visit www.medassist.org/donate-now or call Development Director Kelly Musante at 704-536-1790.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Lori Giang
    CEO/Executive Director
    NC MedAssist
    601 East 5th Street, Suite 350
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    704-536-1790
    Email Contact

    Kelly Musante
    Development Director
    NC MedAssist
    601 E. 5th St., Suite 350
    Charlotte, NC 28202
    704-536-1685
    Email Contact