Prescription assistance bus tour
will stop in Vermillion June 29 The "Help is Here Express" bus tour will be in Vermillion on Monday, June 29, stopping at Sanford Vermillion Hospital to help uninsured and financially-struggling South Dakotans access information on programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free. The bus will be at Sanford Vermillion Hospital from 10 a.m. to noon on June 29. 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 among residents who have been facing layoffs or a loss of health care benefits in a struggling economy. Additionally patients who visit the bus can also learn about new medicines in development to fight chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. To date, the PPA has helped more than 5.7 million patients, including more than 15,000 South Dakotans. Since its launch in April 2005, the PPA bus tour has visited all 50 states and more than 2,500 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. In addition to stopping in Vermillion on Monday, the "Help is Here Express" will bring the Partnership for Prescription Assistance to several other cities, including Yankton, Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Pierre, Huron, Brookings, Watertown, Webster and Aberdeen.