Foundation Presents Grant to VA Rx Partnership
Amerigroup Foundation Presents Grant to Rx Partnership in Virginia
Donation Benefits the Bradley Free Clinic
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Thursday, December 15, 2011) – The Amerigroup Foundation announced today that it has provided a $2,500 grant to the Rx Partnership to benefit the Bradley Free Clinic in Roanoke, Va.
The Rx Partnership is an organization that works to provide uninsured Virginians with access to medication through community-based clinics by serving as a broker to access and distribute free bulk prescription medications. Rx Partnership’s unique bulk replacement method results in an efficient and cost-effective process that delivers more medications to a greater number of individuals in need. More than $50 million in free medication has been provided to more than 35,500 uninsured Virginians since the program began in 2002.
Amy Yarcich, executive director of Rx Partnership remarked, “Through their generous contribution, Amerigroup is helping to support the delivery of medication to uninsured patients at the Bradley Free Clinic and 19 other community-based clinics around the state that rely on Rx Partnership to help its most vulnerable patients receive the vital medication they need to treat a variety of chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes and hypertension.”
The Amerigroup Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Rx Partnership earlier this year. The grant was dispersed in quarterly installments to support increased access to prescription drugs at four free clinics in Virginia. The Bradley Free Clinic is the recipient of the fourth quarterly installment.
“We are fortunate that Amerigroup has chosen to support this program and our clinic, which makes caring for our patients possible,” said Estelle Avner, executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic.
“The Rx Partnership works tirelessly to improve access to medication for the uninsured,” said John E. Littel, chairman of the Amerigroup Foundation. “We are very pleased that the Foundation was able to play a role in supporting this important mission.”
About Bradley Free Clinic
The Bradley Free Clinic serves lower-income, uninsured residents of the Roanoke Valley, including the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Roanoke, Botetourt and Craig. Free Clinic patients have income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Over 70 percent of patients are working or looking for work and are age 40 and older. The majority of all patient visits (81 percent) are for treatment of chronic illnesses, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, asthma, arthritis and depression.
About the Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup Corporation (NYSE:AGP), a multi-state managed health care company based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering access to health care, encouraging safe and healthy children and families, and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods.