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Local Organization Receives Medication Assistance Grant

Richmond, VA –   The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has awarded

$25,223 to Southern Dominion Health Services for a medication assistance caseworker (MAC) to help obtain prescription medicines for their sick, uninsured patients.

The grant is a portion of $1.6 million awarded to 37 organizations throughout Virginia as part of VHCF’s RxRelief Virginia (RxRVa) initiative, which was expanded in 2016 with an increase in state funds.  It now funds 51 MACs in 80 of Virginia’s 134 localities.

“VHCF has long made medication assistance for low income uninsured Virginians a priority because prescription medicines are often essential to successful treatment of chronic illnesses,” said VHCF Executive Director Deborah Oswalt. “Can you imagine having a debilitating disease like diabetes or high blood pressure and having to do without the medicine to stabilize you, because you can’t afford it?”

During FY16, RxRVa MACs helped 14,923 uninsured Virginians obtain nearly $121 million (average wholesale price) in free prescription medicines using only

$1.6 million in state funds.  “VHCF invests and leverages funding to provide maximum positive impact,” continued Oswalt.

The Virginia Health Care Foundation is a non-profit public/private partnership whose mission is to increase access to primary health care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. The Foundation was initiated by the General Assembly and its Joint Commission on Health Care in 1992.

Since its inception, it has funded 380 community-based projects across the Commonwealth, and its programs and partnerships have touched the lives of more than 600,000 uninsured Virginians.  For more information about VHCF and its programs, visit www.vhcf.org or call (804) 828-5804.

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