Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff

Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org.

But, help is on the way.

The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be in Clovis from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

The “Help is Here Express” bus is staffed by highly trained specialists able to assist low-income, uninsured or under-insured patients access more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies, according to a press release from Partnership for Prescription Assistance.

Staff can also provide the most current information to senior citizens in enrolling in the new Medicare drug program, the release said.

Visitors to the bus should be ready to provide age, state of residence, ZIP code, estimated gross annual household income, number of people living in their household, brand name of the prescription medicines they are currently taking or have been prescribed, and any type of health insurance or prescription coverage if applicable, the release said.

Information: (888) 477-2669.