Cenla Medication Access Program
Foundation program provides life-saving medications
The Rapides Foundation's Community Health Assessments show that among barriers to healthcare access, the cost of prescription medicines impacted the greatest number of adults. The Foundation in 2001 began the Cenla Medication Access Program (CMAP) to improve people's access to medications by offering free or reduced-cost prescriptions to eligible clients. CMAP also provides education on the importance of appropriate medication usage.
CMAP, which is now offered statewide, has helped approximately 20,000 people across Louisiana get the free prescriptions they need to maintain their health. CMAP has approximately 6,500 active clients, with more than 800 physicians referring their patients to the program.
Patient Assistance Program specialists work closely with rural clinics and primary care practices to provide patients' prescriptions, and CMAP is able to expand its pharmaceutical offerings through its Central Fill Pharmacy and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies. In addition, CMAP partners with Rapides Regional Medical Center to provide free or low-cost medications to patients who visit the hospital's HP Long Outpatient Clinics.
Visit the CMAP website for more information.