AmeriCares is the largest provider of donated medical aid
to the U.S. health care safety net.
We help partner clinics increase capacity, provide comprehensive care, improve health outcomes and reduce costs for patients. This partner network serves over 5 million patients who otherwise could not afford or access care.
Our work in the United States is informed by our experience operating four AmeriCares Free Clinics in Connecticut for low-income uninsured patients.
Health Care Access
What happens to a poor person without health insurance right here in the U.S.?...For one person, it means no high blood pressure medicine....For another, no breast cancer screening....For yet another, no dental care for their children.
Every day, we are steadfast in our commitment:
...to help people in need all across the U.S. stay healthier and live longer by increasing access to medicines, medical supplies and health services.
When a tornado devastates a town, we are there with critical aid for survivors. When an uninsured person needs immediate health care, we are there to help them get it.
Working with our dedicated donors and partners, we improve health and strengthen health care safety net institutions.With Support from GE Foundation
Safety Net Partners
AmeriCares provides donated medicines and medical supplies to a network of more than 750 health care safety net partners. We are authorized to distribute prescription medications in all 50 U.S. states.
As an essential link in the social safety net, these organizations ensure that the uninsured and underinsured receive high quality, primary care for conditions such as diabetes, asthma and hypertension. Many safety net organizations offer an expanded range of services, such as pediatric exams, vaccinations, dentistry and mental health. Included in our network of trusted clinic partner are hundreds of free clinics, federally qualified health centers, and other safety net providers seeking to improve access to care.
We also support our U.S. health care partners:
...With new tools to build free clinic capacity for managing chronic disease among low-income, uninsured patients such as our Transforming Prediabetes Care Initiative
...With easier access to medical resources online when you open our US Access portal to see about finding the available medicines and supplies your organization needs.
...With an online source of important shared information when you visit the website SafetyNetCenter.org
...With new data and analysis about major issuesWith Support from GE Foundation
Learn more about our safety net partners:United States
A Florida man discovers he doesn’t have to lose his health care during hard economic times - one of 5 million Americans who benefit from AmeriCares support for more than 600 U.S. safety net providers.
After losing health insurance, Ohio couple finds quality health care through an AmeriCares safety net clinic partner – one of more than 1400 across the US.
In the weeks since an outbreak of powerful tornadoes and severe weather devastated the Midwest and South, AmeriCares has provided more than $333,124 in aid which includes more than $318,024 in medicines, water and relief supplies to support partners in Arkansas, Florida and Kansas and $15,100 to restore access to health services in Arkansas and Mississippi. More aid is underway.
National Volunteer Week shines a well-deserved spotlight on the crucial work of the dedicated volunteers at AmeriCares.
In recognition of American Heart Month, AmeriCares is providing $17 million in cardiovascular medicines for low-income patients in the United States suffering from hypertension and high cholesterol.
Through AmeriCares partnership, the Rocksprings Clinic in Georgia provides quality care to uninsured and underserved patients from the area by providing medications and a variety of patient assistance programs.
The Eunice Community Health Center provides critical health care for the uninsured, one of more than 600 safety net partners supported by AmeriCares with donated medicine, supplies and other services.
AmeriCares partnership with Open Door Clinic is helping uninsured patients in Florida. Donations of medicines and supplies help patients with chronic diseases gain continued access to critical health care.
The AmeriCares U.S. Medical Assistance program helped restock products lost by a devastating fire at St. Martin’s Healthcare Center in Indiana. The fire and resulting smoke damage destroyed the center’s inventory of medications, medical and dental supplies.
Amber Kriesel knew she had to act fast. Sixteen minutes after the emergency sirens sounded in Moore, Okahoma, a monstrous tornado touched down.
Since 2009, AmeriCares has supported Community Health Worx clinic in Alexandria, LA with shipments of chronic care and over-the-counter medicines, vaccine vouchers and medical supplies, as well as emergency medical aid for Hurricane Isaac.
The HEALing Community Center, one of 400+ free clinics supported by AmeriCares, provides preventive, primary and specialty care for poor and uninsured people in Atlanta, Georgia.
Every day, in communities across the United States, AmeriCares helps families stay healthier and live longer, by increasing access to crucial health services. In 2011, the U.S. was AmeriCares top aid recipient, with more than $150 million in medicines, free medical care for the uninsured, and disaster aid delivered to help families in crisis right here at home.
The Open Door Health Clinic – among the 400+ clinics supported by AmeriCares -- serves more than 3,200 poor and uninsured patients each year.
Patient Assistance Program
Too many people in America have to choose between paying their bills and buying their medications.
Uninsured people with chronic conditions like cancer and diabetes have to pay hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars at retail pharmacies for medicines they need to survive.
As a result, far too many of the prescriptions written by clinic doctors - go unfilled and people suffer. In response, AmeriCares serves people in extreme medical and financial need by providing lifesaving medicines through generous donations from our pharmaceutical partners. Through the Patient Assistance Program, (based on physician referrals) we oversee the allocation of medicines to those in the U.S. who would not otherwise have access to prescription drugs for chronic or long-term conditions.
You can access information on our partners, the medications we provide through them, and download Patient Assistance applications by clicking on the links below:
Takeda Patient Assistance Program (Amitiza, Brintellix, Colcrys, Dexilant, Kazano, Nesina, Oseni, Rozerem, Uloric)
P.O. Box 5727
Louisville, KY 40255-0727
AmeriCares Free Clinics
I came to help at the free clinic, because it gave me the chance to practice medicine the way I was trained to do—serving patients first—with high quality care. AmeriCares Volunteer Physician
Since 1994, AmeriCares has provided free, quality health care to Connecticut’s uninsured population. Currently, we maintain clinics in Norwalk, Bridgeport, Danbury, and at our newest location in Stamford staffed by volunteer nurses, doctors and interpreters. The clinics tailor services to meet community needs, drawing on the resources of local hospitals, laboratories and pharmacies.