Medication Assistance Program (340B)
Through a partnership with local pharmacies, Sapphire Community Health is able to provide medication assistance for eligible patients.
Most medications that are covered under this federal program are free or significantly reduced cost. The 340B Drug Discount Program is a Federal government program that requires drug manufacturers that participate in Medicaid to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care organizations at significantly reduced prices.
As a non-profit program, Sapphire Community Health has applied for and received status as a covered entity which means our patients are eligible for this discount. In order to be eligible the individual:
- must have an established relationship with Sapphire Community Health such that we maintain records of the individual’s care;
- must receive care from a professional employed by Sapphire Community Health; and,
- must receive health services from the Sapphire community Health that are consistent with our provided services.
Under these guidelines, an individual is not considered a patient if the only health care service received by the individual is the dispensing of a drug. Pharmaceutical prices available through the 340B program are significantly lower than both retail and wholesale prices. In 2015, the Government Accountability Office reported that program participants can save an estimated 20-50% off drug costs.