Urgent Rx Prescription Program


We appreciate our community partners:

Brooks Family Foundation
Cayuga Medical Center
Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County

Ithaca Free Clinic
Kinney Drugs, Inc.
United Way of Tompkins County

The Urgent Rx Prescription Program provides free prescriptions and outreach follow-up to people with urgent health needs and no health insurance. Patients can receive care at selected sites. Uninsured patients treated at the Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) Emergency Department, CMC Inpatient Unit Discharge, Convenient Care Center, and the Ithaca Free Clinic are eligible to receive vouchers for prescription medicine.  The program supports patients completing their recommended treatment plans, leading to a more timely recovery and positive impact on their health.  

Urgent Rx covers up to two weeks of urgently needed medicines.  The program covers a limited number of generic –brand medications to treat common, urgent health-related problems.  It does not cover long-term prescription medication needs.  

Urgent Rx has filled 26,500 prescriptions and $510,904 in vouchers since the beginning of the program.  All recipients are given information to seek health insurance and more stable health care.

For more information about the Urgent Rx program, reach out to the Human Services Coalition at 2-1-1. 

“I am so appreciative that this program was there. I had pneumonia, and needed prescriptions right away that would have cost me over $100. I did not have the money and would not have been able to get that medicine.”