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"Improving Access to Life-Saving Medications - ONE Patient at a Time" is the mission statement that guides the work of APA. APA is a 501(c)(3) organization, we work directly with individuals and their physicians by co-locating at free-clinics, and local hospitals to provide medication access to individuals who otherwise would not be able to meet their basic health care needs due to cost. Our medication access program helps prevent medication rationing, improves health, and saves lives.
APA utilizes a comprehensive patient-centered case management approach to medication access for anyone struggling to afford their prescription medications. If a client needs specialty or brand name medications, we enroll qualifying individuals into Patient Assistance Programs directly through the pharmaceutical companies; if they qualify for Medi-Cal we refer them to the nearest social services office or certified enrollment counselor; if they are insured or have Medicare or Medi-Cal but are unable to afford their out of pocket expenses for their medications, we seek co-payment assistance programs, and on-line discounted or non-profit pharmacies for (available) generic medications. For patients with health insurance, out-of-pocket costs vary widely, from a small copay to thousands of dollars.