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AmeriCares Expands Medical Assistance Across the United States
Date:9/23/2009

STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- AmeriCares this week pledged to expand its medical assistance across the United States at the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. AmeriCares U.S. Medical Assistance Program, announced by President & CEO Curt Welling, is a two-year commitment to improve community health by donating medicines and medical supplies to health care organizations serving the uninsured and underinsured throughout the country. By increasing the resources of nonprofit medical centers, AmeriCares will enable more patients to receive high-quality, low-cost treatment. Providing patients with access to health care helps them control and manage their chronic conditions while offering an alternative to using over-burdened emergency rooms for primary care.

An estimated 46 million Americans lack health insurance. The vast majority are working families that do not earn enough to afford health insurance or pay for out-of-pocket for medical care. The uninsured crisis is getting worse as more Americans lose their jobs and their health insurance.

AmeriCares donations provide safety net health care facilities with medicines, diagnostic and treatment supplies so they can treat more uninsured and underinsured patients within their limited budgets. Last fiscal year, AmeriCares U. S. Medical Assistance Program supported 160 health care organizations in 30 states with over $20 million worth of essential medicines and supplies. The increased demand for the services at safety net clinics means that AmeriCares medical assistance is needed now more than ever.

With its CGI Commitment, AmeriCares aims to:

  • Increase the value of medical products delivered from $20 million annually to $40 million;
  • Expand program from 160 clinics in 30 states to 260 health care organizations in all 50 states;
  • Introduce targeted initiatives for patients with asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease;
  • Identify critical supply gaps by conducting needs assessments and product surveys;
  • Secure product donations from U.S. pharmaceutical companies to address gaps.

As part of its CGI commitment, AmeriCares will introduce targeted initiatives for patients with asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in an effort to reduce emergencies brought on by untreated chronic conditions, helping to reduce the number of avoidable hospitalizations and emergency room visits.

Through AmeriCares involvement with CGI, as well as our current network of donors, we will engage with corporations, foundations and individuals who share our goal of improving health in the United States. We are pleased to announce this CGI Commitment to Action and look forward to providing you with further information and updates on the progress of our U. S. Medical Assistance Program.

About AmeriCares:

AmeriCares is a nonprofit international disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in crisis around the world. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $9 billion in humanitarian aid around the world and across the United States. For more information, log onto www.AmeriCares.org.

About The Clinton Global Initiative:

CGI was established in 2005 by President Clinton to turn ideas into action and to help the world move beyond the current state of globalization to a more integrated global community of shared benefits, responsibilities, and values. By gathering world leaders from a variety of backgrounds, CGI creates a unique opportunity to channel the capacities of individuals and organizations to realize change. To fulfill the action-oriented mission of CGI, all members devise practical solutions to global issues through the development of specific and measurable Commitments to Action.


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