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Prescription program offers aid on the road

June 16, 2007

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Ilyas Yilmaz, of Lawrence, passes by an advertisement plastered on the side of the "Help is Here Express" bus parked in front of the Lawrence Public Library. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a national effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies, is making the nationwide bus tour. Organizers say that the program has helped 40,000 Kansans and 4 million patients since its start in April 2005. Yilmaz inquired about multivitamins Friday at the bus.

Ilyas Yilmaz, of Lawrence, passes by an advertisement plastered on the side of the "Help is Here Express" bus parked in front of the Lawrence Public Library. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance, a national effort sponsored by America's pharmaceutical research companies, is making the nationwide bus tour. Organizers say that the program has helped 40,000 Kansans and 4 million patients since its start in April 2005. Yilmaz inquired about multivitamins Friday at the bus.

"Help is on the way" was the message the Partnership for Prescription Assistance wanted to send Friday in Lawrence during its nationwide tour.

About a dozen people waited for two hours in the morning outside the Lawrence Public Library for the program's bus, which is on its second visit to Lawrence.

The program helps low-income, uninsured or underinsured people gain access to more than 475 patient prescription assistance programs in America.

"What I love about this most is that I see smiles come off the bus," said Jeff Gilbert, partnership spokesman.

The program has been around since April 2005, and so far has helped 1,015 people from Lawrence. Altogether, the partnership has helped more than 40,000 people in Kansas. The group made a stop in Greensburg earlier this week, and was on its way to Leavenworth after departing Lawrence.

"It's all about getting people on the bus, because it's a place to learn and apply for the programs," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said applicants should bring a list of their medications plus income and insurance information when they register.

More ways to get help

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance also offers help at (888) 477-2669 or online at www.pparx.org.

The Web site and phone operators can provide information on more than the 10,000 free clinics available nationwide.

Comments

kateku 7 years, 1 month ago

Douglas County Senior Services assists seniors (60+) with filling out forms all year long, not just when the bus is in town. Assistance is provided through a program called Senior Health Insurance Assistance for Kansas (SHICK) and is available throughout Kansas. A person can call 1-800-860-5260 to find a local coordinator.

Thanks, Kate

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Ragingbear 7 years, 1 month ago

Isn't this the same program that Montel Williams has been supporting? Does anyone remember his talk show? And what ever happened to Donahue?

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Ragingbear 7 years, 1 month ago

Or Rikki Lake for that matter. Did you know she used to be really really fat? She was the star of a movie called "Big girls don't cry" when she was still really big.

Remember the vault of Al Capone?

Anyone remember what this article was about?

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