After-prison prescription meds program coming to Kansas City
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — People returning to Kansas City after being released from prison will get a 90-day supply of prescription medications instead of a 30-day supply under an expanded grant-funded program.
The Kansas City Star reported Friday that the Healthy Transitions program started last year in St. Louis will be expanded to Kansas City.
Four organizations — the Sidney R. Baer Foundation, the Missouri Foundation for Health, private company Corizon Health and the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis — combined to provide $520,000 to bring the program to Kansas City.
Nonprofit mail-order pharmacy Rx Outreach will provide the grant-funded medications.
Kelli Canada, an assistant professor of social work at the University of Missouri-Columbia who is evaluating the program, says former inmates who don’t qualify for Medicaid could find themselves uninsured and unable to afford needed medications in the months after their release.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com