BRIDGTON – MedHelp Maine was awarded a $200,000 Maine Health Access Foundation grant for development of community prescription assistance programs earlier this year. Bridgton Hospital, along with hospitals and health care coalitions in other areas of the state, was a beneficiary.

With MedHelp guidance, Bridgton Hospital developed a prescription assistance program for the benefit of all area medical practitioners and their low-income patients. In large part, these programs access free prescription medications provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

By identifying the most appropriate source of assistance and by coordinating enrollment, the local resources will help ensure access to prescription medications by low-income residents.

The Bridgton Hospital program has exceeded the initial goals, established in July, of helping 150 individuals during the course of the first year. The total served to date is more than 300 patients assisted with a total of $497,621.68 in medications received. Karen Mentus is the program coordinator.

For more information, contact Mentus at 647-6048.

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