The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has received a grant to provide free and/or low-cost prescription drugs to rural counties over the next 12 months.
An announcement from DHHS said the $773,728 grant was awarded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
The Office of Rural Health and Community Care will administer the grant through the state's Medication Assistance Program to provide approximately $22 million in medication to residents in at least 18 of the state's most economically distressed counties.
The grant funds are in addition to the $1.7 million provided for in the budget for the Medication Assistance Program. The program supports organizations such as rural health centers and free clinics by helping patients receive free or low cost medications necessary for long-term or chronic disease treatment.