After-prison prescription meds program coming to Kansas City

10 months 4 days 4 hours ago Saturday, December 16 2017 Dec 16, 2017 Saturday, December 16, 2017 11:25:12 AM CST December 16, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

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, said former inmates who don't qualify for Medicaid could find themselves uninsured and unable to afford needed medications in the months after their release.

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