Help is Here Express Bus will assist residents with prescription medicine affordability
2009-07-25 · By Editor
Are you uninsured and struggling to afford prescription medications? The “Help is Here Express” bus tour is making a stop in Long Beach on Tuesday, July 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the Department of Health and Human Services, 2525 Grand Ave.
This free event, hosted by State Senators Alan Lowenthal and Roderick D. Wright, in conjunction with the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), helps Californians access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for little or no cost.
The ‘Help is Here Express’ bus is touring California from July 20 to August 7, making stops in various cities throughout the state in order to help uninsured and financially-struggling Californians access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. With unemployment rates in California having risen steadily over the last 30 months, standing today at 11.5 percent, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) is ready to help state residents who face layoffs and loss of health care benefits find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free.
Patients who qualify for help from the PPA’s participating patient assistance programs have access to more than 2,500 brand-name and generic prescription medicines. In addition, the PPA provides information on more than 10,000 free health care clinics in America and has connected more than 277,000 patients with clinics and health care providers in their communities.
“At a time when national unemployment is the highest in almost two decades, the PPA has become an important lifeline for a growing number of patients,” PhRMA’s Tauzin said. “PPA is currently helping thousands of people every day,” Tauzin added, including those who need treatments to fight such debilitating chronic diseases as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
Patients seeking help from PPA can call a toll-free number (1-888-4-PPA-NOW) to talk to a trained operator or access the PPA Web site (www.pparx.org). It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to find out if someone may qualify for free or discounted medications.
Computers, mobile phones and specialists will be available to help people determine their financial aid eligibility. Please be sure to know the medicines you take when you visit the bus.
Don’t miss the Help is Here Express Bus at the Long Beach Health Department on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, please call (916) 448-4234.