What is MedAssist?
In 2001 the Medical Foundation of Marion & Polk County established MedAssist, a non-profit charity, to address the rising cost of prescription medications and its impact on our community.
How does the program work?
MedAssist helps eligible, low-income and uninsured residents of Marion and Polk counties gain access to free prescription medication made available through patient assistance programs sponsored by pharmaceutical companies. Our goal is to assist eligible people in maintaining their health and prevent worsening of their conditions by providing access to medications deemed necessary by their physicians and other health care providers.
MedAssist is staffed by a small group of part-time workers and dedicated volunteers. MedAssist helps low-income residents of Marion and Polk counties and their doctors connect with pharmaceutical-sponsored programs offering free and discount drugs to those who qualify. The staff compares the individual prescription drug needs of clients to the drugs available through these programs. Then MedAssist manages the paperwork required to apply for and keep our clients enrolled in matched programs for as long as possible.
The average time needed to process an initial application and receive the approved medications is currently six to eight weeks.
You may be eligible to receive MedAssist’s assistance if:
- You are a resident of Marion or Polk County
- Your are an established patient of a physician
- You do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or the Oregon Health Plan prescription coverage or any public or private prescription coverage.
- Your income does not exceed 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
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MedAssist is a program of the Medical Foundation of Marion and Polk County. MedAssist is made possible by the generous support of community members and organizations who realize the need for this valuable program.