"Help is Here" Bus Stops in Meridian

The "Help is Here" bus tour has made another stop in Meridian Wednesday. The 3-year-old program of the pharmaceutical industry says it is spreading the word about prescription drug assistance that is available for people who don't have health insurance at all or plans that include prescriptions.

"Most people who come on the bus who are qualified for our programs will walk away knowing that their medications will be coming to them for free," said Jeff Gilbert of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

PPA says there are almost 500 prescription assistance programs that are available. Since 2005, it says almost 5 million Americans, including 86,000 Mississippians, have received assistance with free or reduced rate prescriptions.

"It was real expensive, like $107, but we can get it now, I'm pretty sure, with this discount probably 50 or 60% off so," said Daniele Lanier, who's visiting from Columbus, Ohio.

Organization officials say the people helped vary in age. In fact, they say more 70% of the people seeking assistance are under the age of 65.

The bus stopped at Wesley House in Meridian, which also helps people apply for assistance.

"It can probably reduce time with them getting it because they do it," said
Andy Hodges of Wesley House. "They're set up with the computers and everything and they do it right on the spot."

The "Help is Here" bus will be back in Mississippi again at some time in the future. It travels to all 50 states. But residents may apply for any of the programs involved in the initiative by calling 1-888-4-PPA-NOW or by visiting the Web site of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

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  • by Wanda Location: MCC on Feb 28, 2008 at 05:21 AM
    Please send more information on the Precriptions Partners. We have a deaf student, that comes for very poor home, he also needs meds for Asama, we have been taking up money to help this young stay in school and on his meds. Please help us if you can with this young man. 6 weeks ago he broke his sholder,the family had no money or insurance to go to the doctor, so now that broken sholder is sticken out of his sholder, and still he tries to go to school. If you know of any body in the medical community that could help this precious young man, please tell them to contact MCC Special Population. By the way, his dad died about a month ago, again the family had no money for a funeral, so they spread his ashes over Clark county. This family lives in Vossburg Ms. But he has touched all our hearts at MCC. If you meet him you would understand why. MCC Special Pops telephone #601-48-8777. Kim McNeel director, Thanks again
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