NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The “Help is Here Express” bus tour will be in New York City on Thursday, June 19th stopping at the Betances Health Center and the New York State Office Building in Harlem to help uninsured New Yorkers access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) — a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies — raising awareness of patient assistance programs and the need to effectively address the rising and alarming rates of chronic disease in the United States. In New York, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance along with Pfizer Helpful Answers, The Hispanic Federation, the New York Urban League, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, and Betances Health Center have come together to bring access to patient assistance programs to people without prescription coverage.
“Help is Here Express” Downtown
Thursday, June 19, 2008 – 9 to 10:30 AM
Betances Health Center
280 Henry Street, New York, NY 10002
PhRMA: Christian Clymer, Senior Director, Affordability & Access
Hispanic Federation: Lillian Rodríguez López, President
Betances Health Center: Dr. Santos Rivera, Executive Director
To date, the PPA has helped nearly 5 million patients, including nearly 150,000 within New York in which 77% of all who requested help received it. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 1,500 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. The “Help is Here Express” is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help uninsured patients in need access information on more than 475 patient assistance programs, including nearly 200 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the “Help is Here Express” moves on, patients can visit PPA’s easy-to-use Web site (www.pparx.org) or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in 150 languages.