Medication Assistance Program
The Samaritan Medication Assistance Program provides free prescription medications for qualified patients at all five Samaritan hospitals. The program helps people who have no medication insurance; do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare Part D or other government-sponsored program that provides outpatient prescription coverage; have limited resources; and are otherwise unable to afford the cost of their medications.
Begun in 2004, the program immediately attracted hundreds of applicants; and by spring of the following year, it was dispensing more than $250,000 a month of free prescription drugs. Even since May 15, 2006, the date that Medicare's new drug coverage, known as Part D, took effect, the Samaritan Medication Assistance Program has continued to be vitally important, providing more than $125,000 a month of free prescription drug assistance.
The Samaritan Medication Assistance Program operates through a central location at Elm Street Pharmacy in Albany. There, a pharmacy technician coordinator, in collaboration with pharmacy staff, works with drug manufacturers' patient assistance programs to bring needed medications to often-overlooked populations.
The phone number for the Samaritan Medication Assistance Program is (541) 812-5078.