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Medical Assistance Program may end

Thursday, March 8, 2007

After a year of helping 127 local residents save $648,260 in prescription medications, the Fulton County Medical Assistance Program (MAP) is in trouble.The program's coordinator, Mary Worthen, said there are no grant proposals, and funds are running low. "If something doesn't happen soon, the medicine program will be over at the end of June," she said.Worthen said MAP is funded through grants, and the company that has always been responsible for writing the program's grant proposals has not submitted one for the new year."When we didn't have the proposal by the first of January, I was concerned. Once the end of January came and still no proposal -- I did get really worried," Worthen said. "I've tried to contact them (grant proposal writers) multiple times, but I haven't heard from them. Now a complete second month has past, and it doesn't look good."Worthen said it would be a tremendous loss for the county if the program ended operations. She said she has seen her clients transform into healthier, happier people in the 1.5 years MAP has been available."Because of MAP people don't have to spend every last dime on their medication," Worthen said. "They have more money -- the program doesn't only help the people in Fulton County but also the overall county economy."Though circumstances look dim, Worthen said she has not given up. "I'm in the process of working on other grants -- I just want the public and our clients to be aware of the situation," she said.Even if MAP is successful in applying for other grants, it takes months before funds are made available."If we do get something else, the program will be out of money in June -- if we could come up with some funding for that interim, it could keep the doors open," Worthen said.Businesses or churches with benevolent funds that are interested in helping Fulton County's medicine assistance program, can contact Worthen at 895-2021.

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