Founded in 2003, Rx Partnership coordinates the donation of bulk medications from five brand pharmaceutical manufactures to 20 free clinics with licensed pharmacies. Patients with chronic illness are able to access the medication they need at little to no cost.
Launched in April 2017, the Access to Medication Program (AMP) provides critically-needed generic medications to a network of clinics without pharmacies.
Since its inception, RxP has helped over 75,000 patients receive over 701,000 prescriptions valued at $175 million.
In 2017, The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation presented a grant to RX Partnership to fund an Access to Medication pilot program at Olde Towne Medical Center in WIlliamsburg, VA (see video above). This grant provides 600 prescriptions every month to patients who can’t afford it.
Who is Rx Partnership (RxP)?
RxP is an innovative public/private partnership created to increase access to free prescription medications for Virginia’s eligible uninsured.
What does RxP do?
RxP supports the health safety net by providing education and access to medications that results in improved health outcomes for patients, cost savings for clinics and an overall reduction in healthcare costs.
Who receives RxP medications?
Branded Medication Access Program
RxP partners with pharmaceutical manufacturers to secure donations of bulk medications, making 90+ brand medications available to low-income (250% of Federal Poverty Level or lower), uninsured patients at our 20 affiliate clinics across Virginia.
Access to Medication Program (AMP)
A new program that leverages group purchasing power to provide the best value for critically needed generic medications to low-income (200% of Federal Poverty Level or lower), uninsured patients at clinics without licensed pharmacies. There are currently five participating sites and plans for program expansion in the year ahead.
Serving the Uninsured
RxP addresses the need for prescription medications for those Virginians who have no health insurance, or whose health insurance does not cover prescription drugs. Statewide, more than 718,000 adults (10.3%) ages 19-64 currently have no health insurance. Over 70% of uninsured adults live below 200% of the federal poverty level.
Facts about Virginia’s Uninsured from the Virginia Health Care Foundation
- Most of the uninsured are under the age of 65 (Medicare provides health insurance for most people 65 and over)
- Virginia’s uninsured represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds: 44.8% white non-Hispanic, 19.6% black, 26% Hispanic, 5.7% Asian/Pacific Islander and 3.8% are from other groups
- 58.5% of uninsured Virginians work full-time and their families live in households earning less than 200% FPL.
- 60.8% of uninsured children in Virginia (59,000) live in families with income at or below 200% of the FPL.
Effects on the Health of the Community
The lack of health insurance has tremendous, negative repercussions in our communities and across the nation. Patients who are unable to afford their prescriptions skip doses, split pills or otherwise fail to comply with the medication regimen that would improve their condition. This causes conditions that could have been controlled to worsen and to cause additional issues for the patient. Longer term, the consequences include extended needs for all types of medical care, such as costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations; increased time lost from work; decreased quality of life; late diagnosis of diseases; and even shortened life spans. In fact, according to the Families USA report Dying for Coverage in Virginia, an estimated more than 10 working-age Virginians die each week due to lack of health insurance.
Letters About Impact
Read letters from Rx Partnership citing the impact that Impact Makers’ contributions have on their organization.