Tuesday, October 04, 2005

National Grange Offers a Prescription for Good Health: Help for the Uninsured

All of us want to be healthy, but anyone who does not have health insurance can tell you the road to good health isn’t easy.

There are about 45 million people in America who do not have health insurance. It can be hard for them to get good medical care and medicines. They often go without care, such as doctor visits and prescription medicines, that can prevent future health problems.

The Grange, one of America's oldest public interest organizations, is committed to creating programs that enrich the lives of its members. Helping Grange members get the medicines they need is only one way in which that vision becomes a reality.

The good news? If you do not have health insurance, there are a lot of programs out there that can help you get the medicines you need.
Where can you start to look? Here are some new resources that can point you in the right direction.

- You may be able to get your medicines for free or almost free. The Web site www.pparx.org has more than 275 programs that can help people who qualify get medicines for free or at a very low cost. You can also look for health clinics or hospitals that may provide free medicines.

- You can get help to pay for your Pfizer medicines. If you are uninsured, Pfizer Helpful Answers makes it simple and easy to get Pfizer medicines. Call this toll-free number - 866-706-2400 or you can go to this Web site www.pfizerhelpfulanswers.com.

- If you are uninsured and low-income, you can get help from some of the world’s largest drug companies. The Together Rx Access Card is an easy way to get savings on a wide range of prescription products. This includes Pfizer drugs. Find out if you qualify. Call 800-444-4106 or go to www.togetherrxaccess.com.

- Discounts on prescriptions for seniors. Some drug companies offer discounts on their medicines for people on Medicare. If you are on Medicare, you may be able to get a Medicare-approved drug discount card. Find out which card is right for you. Call 1-800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov.

- If you have limited income, then you may be eligible to enroll in programs such as Medicaid or your state children's health insurance program.

The Grange will be distributing enrollment packets to the presidents of 3,000 Granges in 38 states. The packets will include an enrollment form, which can be completed and mailed back to the Grange office. This form is a request for 50 fact sheets, which include information on a variety of prescription assistance programs and an 800 number that individuals can call to obtain more information about which national and state-offered programs are available to them.

On the Net:
National Grange site: http://www.nationalgrange.org/

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