Katie Lopez simply shrugged as she rummaged through a plastic bag filled with dozens of prescription bottles. For the 50-year-old resident of Visalia, Calif., the pills and capsules represent a complex regimen of medication for her familyand a mighty financial burden.
On Monday, representatives of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance rolled into Tulare, Calif., and Visalia in a big orange bus to help people like Lopez find assistance to pay for prescriptions.
Armed with laptop computers, counselors aboard the bus can call up information on nearly 500 different aid programs offered by the government, not-for-profit organizations and the pharmaceutical industry for free or discounted prescription drugs. The busas well as a Web site and a toll-free telephone numberserves as a one-stop clearinghouse for low-income families, or for people who are uninsured or underinsured, to find the help they need.
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