NC MedAssist Pancakes and Beer 5K is more than just pancakes and beer, it's a way to help our neighbors across North Carolina. An estimated 500,000 North Carolina residents do not have access to needed prescription medications - but with your help, NC MedAssist intends to reach at least 50,000 of those people, and provide access to live saving medications. About 63% of people in the healthcare coverage gap come from working households. That means they make too much money to qualify for medicaid, but not enough to afford health insurance. It costs, on average, about $220 per year for each patient. So every $220 raised means one more patient who can spend their money on groceries instead of medicine. It also means one more patient will remain healthy and avoid unnecessary emergency room visits due to lack of treatment. Which means lower healthcare costs for everyone! NC MedAssist services save North Carolina $74 million annually in healthcare cost avoidance.