March 14, 2006
Over 1 million people in Virginia are uninsured and less likely to get their medicine. But help is on the way, literally. 'The Help Is Here Express' bus provides assistance to those in need of help with insurance.
The bus has helped almost 39,000 people in our state pay for their prescription drugs, and is designed like an office. It's goal is to help those in need of assistance with their drugs.
"This is a great traveling awareness center," Elaine Gansz Bobo said of the bus. "We have computers where people can access the PPA program, and we also have cellphones on board, and some very helpful people who can walk you through a 10-step process."
The 10-step process consists of "ten very easy questions," explained Gansz Bobo. "The hardest one is knowing your prescription medications before you come on board. Other than that there are some very simple questions, as in household income and just a few other things, and we will be able to tell you if you can qualify for a program that can give you free or nearly free drugs. We are proud to say we've helped 1.8 million people nationally, 39,000 people here in Virginia, and we have a match rate right here in the Charlottesville area of 95 percent of the people who contact us, we matched the programs that meet their needs."
Inside the bus, staff ask this series of questions to figure out which programs of assistance you qualify for, which usually takes about 10 minutes.
The bus will be at Christ Episcopal Church 100 W. Jefferson St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information call: 1-888-4PPA-NOW or www.pparx.org