Cenla Medication Access Program

The Rapides Foundation in 2001 created the Cenla Medication Access Program in response to Community Health Assessments showing that among the barriers to healthcare access, the high cost of prescription medications impacted the greatest number of Central Louisiana adults. CMAP offers free or reduced-cost prescriptions to eligible clients. CMAP also provides education on the importance of appropriate medication usage.

While CMAP administers other programs of The Rapides Foundation, its focus on medication access continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of the community. Today, CMAP is offered statewide, providing free medications to eligible individuals through its Patient Assistance Program and its Central Fill Pharmacy. In addition, CMAP partners with Rapides Regional Medical Center to provide free or low-cost medications to patients who visit the hospital’s HP Long Outpatient Clinic.

CMAP has helped approximately 20,000 people across Louisiana get the free prescriptions they need to maintain their health. CMAP has approximately 950 active clients, with more than 1,500 physicians referring their patients to the program.

Patient Assistance Program specialists work closely with rural clinics and primary care practices to provide patients’ prescriptions, and CMAP is able to expand its pharmaceutical offerings through its Central Fill Pharmacy and partnerships with pharmaceutical companies.

List Of Available Drugs

Patient Eligibility Requirements and Application

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Client must reside in Louisiana
  • Income must be at or below 300% Federal Poverty Level
  • Client must not have any prescription coverage - Insurance or Medicaid
  • Client must be 18 years of age or older

Required Forms for application to Cenla Medication Access Program

Physician Participation

CMAP is a nonprofit Central Fill Pharmacy which has acquired contracts with several drug manufacturers to provide us with bulk donation medications.  These contracts allow CMAP to offer free medications to your patients who meet certain guidelines.

What does this mean to you and your staff?

  1. Patients may now receive medications that they may otherwise be unable to afford.
  2. Less paperwork; no individual applications are required for these particular medications.
  3. Wait time for medications drastically reduced to less than a week.

Benefits of CMAP:

  1. Decreased wait time for medication delivery to clients compared to PAP
  2. Decreased paperwork for physicians
  3. Decreased paperwork for clients
  4. Creates centralized records that allow pharmacist counseling for
    drug interactions, difficult dosing requirements, etc.
  5. Provides patient-specific labeling on bottles that help with compliance
Agreement Form

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible:

  • You must be a Louisiana resident over the age of 18.  
  • You must not be covered by Medicaid or private insurance that covers prescriptions.
  • Your family's household income must be at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level to qualify.
  • Patient eligibility is for up to one year. Patients must reapply each year for CMAP services.
  • CMAP does not charge at this time for services so all medications are provided for FREE.

Yes, all income for a family must be included. 

CMAP Income Guidelines -- 2024

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Patients are encouraged to call either the CMAP pharmacy at our toll free number 1-866-848-6225 or the doctor who prescribed the medication.

Patients can call the CMAP pharmacy to refill their prescription 10-14 days prior to their last pill at our toll free number 1-866-848-6225.

Yes, you may still qualify for CMAP. Call us at 1-888-443-7494 for more information.

No, unfortunately as long as you have any type of prescription coverage you are not eligible for assistance through CMAP.

Yes, if you are not eligible to receive Medicare benefits you may qualify for CMAP.

Funded by The Rapides Foundation

CMAP Partners

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Dispensary of Hope

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