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However, one local program has been helping many. Meritus Health's "Medication Assistance Program" has been making sure community members receive the care they need without worrying about costs.
The program began in 2000 as a way to offer it to those who are not eligible for medicaid or state programs.
Patients go through a financial review before knowing if they are qualified to receive help or not.
"We don't really know what that's going to do when the Affordable Care Act is implemented in January and how it's going to affect us, but we don't feel that there's going to be a total coverage for patients," adds Gale.
$10,000 from the Citi corporate sponsorship was donated to the program, making a big difference in the quality of life amongst patients.
"It's to ensure that the Medication Assistance Program can continue to do its good work and can continue to provide those services for individuals who are really challenged," adds
They have become challenges many endure but no longer deal with, as they receive the proper healthcare theyneed.
Proceeds from the event went towards members of the community who are receiving help from the Medication Assistance Program.